Business Administration–Online Executive MBA

A degree driven by real-time employer demand

An MBA unlocks a 61% salary premium, is a ticket to moving up to better roles, and carries market premiums across a wide range of careers. 

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Program Highlights

The online executive MBA is a challenging and demanding program designed to accelerate the careers of mature, high-performance professionals with significant business experience, setting itself apart from traditional MBA programs which are geared primarily toward a less experienced audience. The online program covers the same rigorous curriculum as the on-campus EMBA.

This degree program is ideal for creative, innovative individuals who have established careers and are looking for proven and effective strategies to propel them further up the career ladder. You will master executive skills such as strategic and cross–functional thinking and leadership. You will  learn from knowledgeable and professional instructors and also from your successful, motivated, diverse peer group. You will leave this  program with a solid community of influential peers and a global alumni network to encourage and support your career. 

The Online EMBA program is an AACSB accredited 17-month 4-semester program with two start dates each year.  Students who start in late August will finish in December of the following year; students who start in January will finish in May of the following year.

All students must attend a 3-day on-campus orientation session prior to the start of classes and also must attend the international seminar, which is a 8-to-10 day business and cultural educational trip near the end of the program. All arrangements are made by RIT, and airfare and lodging are provided by the program

Curriculum packed with high-demand skills

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Salary Premium

Business process and change management skills carry a salary premium in the workforce.

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Demand for quality assurance and control skills will grow by 39%.

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Demand for product management skills will grow by 29% and management to key performance indicator skills will grow 23%.

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Skills from this degree map to 43 occupations across 25 occupation groups.


Credits 1
During this one-week course, students will understand how to motivate and lead teams as well as how to support the leadership of others. Students will undertake a critical evaluation of the ethical responsibilities of managers and corporations. Each incoming student joins a study group of around four or five students selected for diversity of skills and experience. This course also serves as a general orientation for incoming EMBA students.
Credits 2
This course provides an understanding of how accounting helps organizations achieve their goals. Special emphasis is given to the resolution of controversial accounting issues within the context of a firm's goals. Topics include standards and practices of financial reporting, financial statements, inventories, long-term assets, bonds and other liabilities, and stockholders' equity.
Credits 2
Managerial Accounting emphasizes identifying and applying the techniques used by managerial accountants to measure the cost of goods and services produced by the firm. The course focuses on understanding how managerial accounting is used to help organizations achieve their goals.
Credits 2
This course focuses on the role of the general manager as a leader in an organization. The course addresses analytical and behavioral strategies and techniques for leadership by examining problem-solving models, personal values, and communications. The emphasis is on the interpersonal skills needs to express different leadership styles and behaviors. Cases, exercises, and class discussions will be used to examine and explore opportunities for managers to become more effective as leaders in modern organizations.
Credits 1
This course builds on the assessment activities that are part of course MGMT-806. Each student participates in a 360-degree leadership assessment process. Based on this formal review, personal development plans are created and serve as dynamic documentation of individual professional progress. Students arrange individual counseling sessions with a leadership coach. Students then take action on the feedback received in order to develop self awareness.
Credits 2
This course introduces microeconomic concepts and how they can be employed to examine business decisions such as pricing under conditions of uncertainty. Models and applications are employed that describe the efficient allocation of resources within a firm. Topics include supply and demand, consumer behavior, production, cost and pricing.
Credits 2
The course introduces financial concepts of risk, return and valuation. The main application studied in this course, Capital Budgeting, arises in the corporate setting where managers allocate scarce resources to projects. Basic issues of capital budgeting covered include cash flow estimation and valuation techniques. Advanced issues include sensitivity analysis and the consideration of real options.
Credits 2
This is the second-part of a two-course corporate finance sequence for EMBA students. The overall theme is one of strategic control of corporate assets and liabilities. The five topics covered in this course are: (a) long-term financial planning, corporate financing and cost of capital (b) short-term financial planning and the analysis of short-term assets and liabilities (c) risk management and the corporate use of derivatives (d) the analysis of international activities (e) corporate control activities. Three topics are explored in depth: short-term financial management, capital structure and dividend policy, and risk and hedging. Short-term financial management includes the topics of credit analysis, financial forecasting and planning, working capital management and cash flow management.
Credits 2
Current topics seminars offer an in-depth examination of current events, issues and problems. Specific topics will vary depending upon student and faculty interest and on recent events in the business world. Seminar topics for a specific semester will be announced prior to the course offering. (topic-dependent)
Credits 2
A general management perspective on the critical impact of marketing in organizations. Topics include an overview of the marketing process, market research, segmentation, and target markets. The focus is on the process of creating, communicating, and delivering customer value through the marketing mix. The course is structured around the managerially controllable elements of product, price, promotion and distribution, plus the interrelationships of these elements.
Credits 2
The primary theme of this course is to examine how firms can achieve superior financial performance through the establishment of a sustainable competitive advantage at the business level. Contemporary theories of strategic management will be discussed and critically examined for their relevance to the problems facing many of today's managers. Topics include analysis of industry attractiveness, value-chain analysis, core competencies, and business-level strategies.
Credits 2
This course covers corporate-level strategy and strategy implementation. The focus of the course is on the strategy of the firm as a whole, and the interrelations between different divisions. Topics will include related and unrelated diversification, and the various means of engaging in diversification, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. Contemporary theories of strategic management will be discussed and critically examined for their relevance to the problems facing many of today's managers.
Credits 2
Teams of students manage a company in a computer simulated oligopoly industry, competing against companies managed by other student teams. The overall purpose of the Business Simulation course is to: enhance the participant's ability to make effective business decisions; encourage cross-functional thinking; foster strategic and systems thinking; and enhance team building and reinforce continuous improvement opportunities.
Credits 2
This course deals with the responsibilities and challenges faced by managers responsible for research and innovation within high- technology firms. Topics will include: the critical role of innovation, internal technology assessments, technology transfer, the selection and management of R&D projects, and the identification of and management of disruptive technologies and business models. Particular attention will be given to overcoming systemic barriers to innovation.
Credits 2
This course focuses on the application of information technology to gain greater efficiency and effectiveness from operational and managerial processes and systems. The conceptual foundations of operations, supply chain management and information technology are surveyed and contemporary approaches analyzed from a managerial perspective.
Credits 3
Teams of students analyze specific operational problems or improvement opportunities in client organizations. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor, teams identify relevant issues, collect data, develop alternatives and make recommendations to the client. The project, a two-course equivalent, is the capstone experience of the Executive MBA program.
Credits 2
This course emphasizes the marketing and product strategy activities required to create, develop, and launch successful new products. Topics covered include identifying the market opportunity for new products, defining the product strategy, understanding customer requirements, developing and updating the product business plan, marketing's role in the product development process, developing the marketing plan for launching new products, and managing the product life cycle. Best practices in activities required for successful new product commercialization are reviewed.
Credits 2
The primary objective of the course is to examine the strategies, concepts, theories, and practices associated with conducting international business. It seeks to develop practical and theoretical problem solving skills needed in the global business environment.
Credits 2
This international study tour is an integral part of semester long focus on the strategic and operational issues facing organizations in a global competitive environment. Students will engage in lectures, plant visits, and interviews with international corporate managers. Students will apply the insights gained from their previous and concurrent coursework. This seminar offers students an inside view of individual companies and industries, and some of the broader economic, political, social, and cultural factors that influence business opportunities and practices in a particular region of the world.
Credits 2
This course examines how the international environment affects the practice of corporate finance by using a combination of theory and cases. Topics include an examination of the international environment the firm operates in, international investment, exchange rates and the management of risks arising from shifting exchange rates, and the problems of short and long-term asset and liability management.
Credits 2
The course explores leadership topics in depth with an emphasis on current management and leadership issues. During each class a community leader guest lectures on topics of leadership. Past speakers have included senior-level executives from local industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations.
Credits 3
This course is a continuation of MGMT-889. Teams of students analyze specific operational problems or improvement opportunities in client organizations. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor, teams identify relevant issues, collect data, develop alternatives and make recommendations to the client. The project, a two-course equivalent, is the capstone experience of the Executive MBA program.
Credits 1
This course is a continuation of MGMT-800. Leadership Development II requires student to explore and expand their potential as leaders. Through self and peer assessment, one-on-one coaching, career counseling, and written assignments, students develop leadership goals and create a plan to realize those goals. Students arrange individual counseling sessions with a leadership coach.

Admission Requirements

  • Complete the EMBA application.
  • Have a minimum of six years of professional experience and hold advanced technical, managerial, or executive responsibilities
  • Hold a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree
  • Complete an Online EMBA application
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Submit a resume detailing all work experience
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (from professional references, one of which should be from your direct supervisor)
  • Schedule an interview with the Program Director.
  • Submit personal statement consisting of: a description of a significant workplace challenge and how you resolved it, and your rationale for choosing RIT’s Online EMBA program to enhance and fulfill your career objectives
  • A test of English Language aptitude is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. Applicants are exempt if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English.

Certain countries and individuals are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Individuals applying for online study who are subject to these embargoes will be notified during the application process.