Professional Studies MS

A degree driven by real-time employer demand

Hybrid jobs are faster growing, higher paying, and immune to automation.

Job market outlook

40%

Hybrid jobs pay up to 40% more than traditional roles

97%

Graduate outcomes rate

24+

Concentrations to choose from

28%

Demand growth for product management skills

Program Highlights

At RIT, you can combine your talents, interests, traditional or alternative higher education, work experience, and career goals to create a personalized master’s degree highly regarded by industry and academia.  

The master of science in professional studies degree is unique in that you will pursue two to three strategic areas of study, also known as concentrations, with faculty distinguished in those specialized fields. You’ll take courses along with other students who may be majoring in those subjects. You’ll get the benefit of acquiring substantial knowledge in multiple areas within one degree.

According to a 2019 Burning Glass report, high complexity jobs—requiring multidisciplinary and hybrid skill sets not normally associated with one role—are growing at twice the rate of the overall job market, are higher-paying than their more traditional-single-skill counterparts, and are immune to automation. And these jobs are growing in all fields. Today an increasing number of jobs are “hybrids,” combining skill sets that never used to be found in the same job, such as marketing and statistical analysis, or design and programming.

The World Economic Forum recommends that to prepare for the jobs of the future, workers must possess a broad, multidisciplinary skill set. RIT offers a wide variety of fields of study to combine for your customized degree. Your advisor will help customize your plan of study based upon your experience, interests, and academic and career goals. 

The MS in professional studies allows you to create a degree plan of study combining skills into one degree to help you climb the earnings ladder, make you more competitive in your field, and be immune to the threat of automation. Here are the four

Four must-have skills not typically found within one distinct major or degree program

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Digital Tools and Technology

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Data and Analytics

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Business and Management

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Design Thinking, and Creativity

Curriculum

Here’s just a sampling of the concentrations you may choose: 

  • Applied Statistics
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Management
  • Communication & Digital Media
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Analytics
  • Design Thinking
  • Environmental, Health and Safety Management
  • Finance
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Systems Administration
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Human Resource Development
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Information Sciences & Technology
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Manufacturing Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Product Development
  • Project Management
  • Service Leadership & Innovation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • User Experience Design

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Submit a current resume, personal statement, and one letter of recommendation
  • A test of English Language aptitude (TOEFL) is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. Applicants are exempt from submitting exams 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. 

Cost

The online MS in Professional Studies requires 33 credits and costs $1,237 per credit hour (Academic Year 2021 – 2022). This tuition reflects the RIT Online discount of 43% off the campus-based program cost. 

Keep in mind that there are many options available that may help you lower your costs including: 

  • Military tuition benefits
  • Support from employers 
  • Private scholarships 
  • Financing 

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