The online upper level ATL curriculum includes required courses from the RIT College of Applied Science and Technology: six from the Department of Service Systems and one course from Civil Engineering Technology/Environmental Management and Safety. The remaining courses will be provided by other academic programs within the University: Saunders College of Business, the School of Individualized Studies, and the College of Liberal Arts.


Applied technical leadership, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year†
Second Year†
Third Year
Leadership Development
Contemporary Problems in Applied Technical Leadership
Effective Technical Communication
This course provides knowledge and practice of written and oral communication skills generally required in technical professions. Focus is on individual and group writing and speaking tasks.
Financial Accounting
An introduction to the way in which corporations report their financial performance to interested stakeholders such as investors and creditors. Coverage of the accounting cycle, generally accepted accounting principles, and analytical tools help students become informed users of financial statements.
Human Resource Development
A one-semester, three-credit course in human resource development provides the prospective manager practical information on methods to enhance the productivity, quality, and effectiveness of an organization through the creation of an environment where individual and collective performance and development has primacy. The course requires students to assimilate course material related to the following: to organizational strategy, systems thinking and legal compliance; workforce development, career development of employees; individual development and training; measuring outcomes; human resource processes and effective communications. Students integrate theoretical classroom concepts with practical knowledge and work experiences. As part of the course: students continually practice effective communication skills; students may work in teams; and are expected to engage in critical and innovative thinking. Students' understanding of human resource development is intended to help them enhance organizational effectiveness through implementing processes designed to develop and train employees.
Foundations of Public Policy
This interdisciplinary course introduces the student to the key concepts of public policy, the policymaking process, the role of stakeholders and interest groups, and the basic dimensions policy analysis. Those concepts are then applied through a range of issues, such as the environment, clean energy, climate change, healthcare, cybersecurity, employment, privacy, telecommunications, and innovation, at local, state, federal and international levels.
Free Elective
LAS Elective
LAS Immersion 1, 2
Fourth Year
Crisis Intervention in Applied Technical Leadership
Project Management
This course addresses project management from a multidisciplinary perspective, covering the fundamental nature of and techniques for managing a broad range of projects. Topics cover the Project Management Life Cycle from Planning to Termination. It also addresses the behavioral and quantitative facets of project management, as well as the use of methods, tools and techniques for the initiation, planning, and execution of projects. Introduces the standard framework, processes and knowledge areas of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK?Guide) as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Project Management is available in on campus and online formats. *Note: BUSI-510, an undergraduate course, is sometimes co-listed with BUSI-710; however, BUSI-510 may not be substituted for BUSI-710 in a CMS graduate concentration or the CMS Advanced Certificate in Project Management. Additionally, a student may not register for and receive credit for both BUSI-510 and BUSI-710, whether taken as an undergraduate or graduate student.*
Service Quality
Environmental Health and Safety Law
An overview of environmental, health and safety (EHS) related law with an emphasis on legislative law. Topics include a review of the historical and modern sources for EHS law, the emergence of administrative law and the responsibilities of the separate branches of government. Major EHS related legislation will be covered.
Senior Project (WI)
LAS Immersion 3
Free Elective
LAS Electives
Total Semester Credit Hours

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

† The major is an online upper-level degree, with students entering the program after having already completed an associate degree.

Professional Electives for the ATL degree

Given the requirements for the Applied Technical Leadership (ATL) degree, including the completion of the equivalent of an AAS degree, the program anticipates students entering the ATL degree will transfer in a large majority of their professional electives (18-27).  This would leave approximately 2-3 classes students would need for professional electives.  Below is a sampling of the potential electives a student may choose from that are offered on-line and could meet the needs of the variety of career students entering the program.


Program and number

When offered

Industrial and organizational Psychology

PSYC 234

Spring On-line


PSYC 236

Spring On-line

Professional Ethics

PHIL 306

Fall/spring On-line

Women, Work and Culture

SOCI 235

Fall/spring On-line

Law and Society

CRIM 215


Contemporary Science; Oceanic

MTCS 235

Spring On-Line

Health Care Systems and Operations

HLTH 300

Fall On-line

Health Care Quality Assurance

HLTH 310

Fall On-line

Legal Aspects of Health Care

HLTH 320

Spring On-line

Health Planning and Program Development

HLTH 330

Spring On-line