Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Master of Science in Business

Program Overview

The Master of Science (MS) degree programs provide students with options that allow them to specialize in a specific business discipline, as opposed Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs that are designed to offer a broad base of all business disciplines. Saunders MS degrees are typically better suited for students that are focused on a specific area of business, looking to advance in their career, or for making a targeted career change. MS programs vary in length from nine to 17 months, allowing many MS students to complete their program in less than a year.  Part-time options exist allowing students to complete degrees in as little as 18 months.

Degrees Awarded

  • MS in Accounting
  • MS in Computational Finance
  • MS in Finance
  • MS in Management - Global Management and Supply Chain Management Track
  • MS in Management - Product and Service Development Track
  • MS in Management – Leadership Track
  • MS in Entrepreneurship and Innovative Ventures


  • Approximately 40 students enrolled

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • An optional cooperative education experience at the graduate level in addition to professional skills workshops further develop the interpersonal skills and career objectives of students.
  • Cooperative education is a tradition at RIT, and the MS programs provide opportunities for students to enrich terms spent in class with terms spent at full-time work. Co-op students are able to work 3-6 months.
  • Saunders College of Business has formed mutually beneficial partnerships with employers who share our vision and values.
  • Their requirements are reflected in our educational programs and in our commitment to preparing students for cooperative education experiences and ultimately their professional career.

Salary Information

Co-op:        $18.39                   $13.00 - $38.00
MS:                                            $46,500 - $72,800

Student Skills & Capabilities

MS courses are aligned with the values of RIT and the skills that employers demand. MS programs consist of 10 to 12 course where core courses provide students with a solid foundation in their specialized business discipline. Each degree includes required electives that allow students a deeper understanding and focus within more specialized areas, allowing them to develop skills and exposure that match their interests and enhance their expertise. Many of the MS programs also offer free electives for students to creatively complement their coursework with graduate courses offered across all nine RIT colleges which helps position themselves in distinctively powerful ways throughout their careers. Options such as Computational Finance and Supply Chain Management also leverage RIT expertise by delivering core courses and electives with RIT programs such as Mathematical Sciences and Engineering. Also, international students receiving the MS in Computational Finance degree qualify to apply for a 17-month work extension to their OPT (Optional Practical Training) period. This extension means that students could be eligible for up to two and a half years of work in the United States.


Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), representing the top 5% of all business schools worldwide. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

In 2017 ranks Saunders College of Business nationally #28 for MS in Management and #34 for MS in Entrepreneurship and Innovative Ventures, #34 for MS in Finance, and #42 for MS in Computational Finance. Additional recognitions in 20017 include TFE Times rankings of #15, #22, and #28; respectively for MS programs in Management, Finance and Computational Finance. Saunders full-time MBA program ranks #91 in the U.S. News & World Report, in their‘2017 Best Business Schools Rankings’, and is among ‘The Best 294 Business Schools’ according to The Princeton Review, which also ranks Saunders #7 among ‘Top 25 Online MBA Programs’.

Equipment & Facilities

Saunders Business Analytics Lab features the latest technology and equipment, including Bloomberg Terminals and the most advanced analytics software. The REDCOM Active Learning Lab provides the business environment that maximizes the utilization of technology for digital interaction and team networking. Computer labs currently have 60 PC’s hooked up to a network server, including wireless connectivity

Training / Qualifications

MS program curricula provide flexibility in allowing students to choose between several business discipline specialties, allowing for degree-specific and free electives for students to customize their degrees in ways that are unique to their interests. A sampling of core courses and featured offerings for each degree option include:
  • MS in Accounting–Accounting Profession , Accounting Information Systems, Auditing and Professional Responsibility , Information Systems Auditing and Assurance Services , and Advanced Taxation
  • MS in Finance–Accounting for Decision Makers, Financial Analysis for Managers, Securities and Investment Analysis, Options and Futures, Finance in a Global Environment, plus electives in Statistics and Economics
  • MS in Computational Finance–Equity Analysis, Advanced Derivatives, Mathematics for Finance I & II, Big Data Analytics, SAS Database programming, Business Intelligence, Stochastic Processes, and Data Cleaning and Preparation
  • MS in Management, Core courses–Management of Innovation in Products and Services, Organizational Behavior and Leadership, Negotiations, Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics
  • MS in Management, Flexible Track –
    Project Management, Introduction to Data Analysis & Business Intelligence, Design and Information Systems, and Financial Analytics
  • MS in Management, Global Management and Supply Chain Management Track–Operations and Supply Chain Management, Global Business Opportunities and Threat, Cross-Cultural Management, Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals, Business Process Analysis and Workflow
  • MS in Management,  Product and Service Development Track–Commercialization and Marketing of New Products, Project Management, Managing for Environmental Sustainability, and Behavioral Skills for Managers
  • MS in Management, Leadership Track–Managing Organizational Change, Advanced Topics in Technology Management, and Behavioral Skills for Managers
  • MS in Entrepreneurship and Innovative Ventures–Legal and Accounting Issues for New Ventures, Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation, Applied Venture Creation, Marketing Concepts and Commercialization


RIT – A Technological Leader
Today’s business environment needs leaders attuned to rapid changes in technology and vigorous global competition. At the RIT Saunders College of Business, MS students are trained to manage people and technology in a global context. This technical expertise, business knowledge and professional experience gives RIT graduates the credentials to meet employer’s needs and succeed in their chosen field.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Bitexco, Bristol Myers Squibb, Citi Group, Eastman Kodak Inc., Excellus BCBS, Fannie Mae, Goldman Sachs, Kodak Alaris, Microsoft, Next Jump, Paychex, Phillip Morris, Seating Incorporated.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed.  Call our office and ask to speak with Julian Huenerfauth, the career services coordinator who works with the Master of Science programs. You can access information about services through our web site at
Julian Huenerfauth, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5470
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603