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Applied Technical Leadership
Bachelor of Science
College of Applied Science and Technology
Undergraduate Program Contact Linda Underhill

The Applied Technical Leadership (ATL) degree program is designed for adult learners, working in specialized technical fields, who have completed a two-year associate degree. These learners are seeking a Bachelor of Science degree that builds on the skills gained in the technical associate degree, connects to their career aspirations, and is delivered as an upper level undergraduate online degree. The specialized fields may include technical/technology, public service, medical (CNA certified nursing assistant, LPN, technical/technologist), and other related fields. This degree provides competency-based expertise in technical leadership development, human resource development and the development of foundation skills for technical initiatives relevant to a student’s specialized career path. Course work will focus on applying professional attributes as well as the career enhancements provided by upper level general education courses. All course work will prepare graduates to lead organizations within their technical fields. Students will graduate from the College of Applied Science and Technology with a BS degree in Applied Technical Leadership.

  • Price

    $936 per credit hour (2017-18 AY)

  • Duration

    120 credit hours required

    A full-time student could complete the program in 2 years and a part-time student could complete the program in 3 years.

  • Courses
  • Jobs
    • Nurse manager
    • Police sergeant (based on passing qualifying exam)
    • Fire captain (based on passing qualifying exam)
    • Director of IT
    • Director of security
  • Employers
    • Health Care Systems
    • US Border Patrol
    • Municipal fire and police services
    • Private security firms
    • Manager of clinical services
  • Program Differentiators
    • 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
    • RIT alums hail from more than 147 countries and work for more than 3,723 employers
    • Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 121,000-strong RIT alumni community
    • We build programs based on real-time employer demand
    • The same faculty that teach on-campus, teach online
    • RIT faculty have extensive experience in the classroom, in research, and in their professional fields
    • Our career specialists provide advisement to help you plan, prepare for, and meet your career goals
    • We provide enriched personalized academic advising
    • You receive the same RIT credential as traditional on-campus graduates
  • Application Requirements

    Applications may be submitted any time during the year. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your intended start date.

    To be considered for admission to the bachelor of science in applied technical leadership program, candidates must complete the online application form and fulfill the following requirements:

    • Hold an associate degree from an accredited college or university
    • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in a technical/technology, public services, medical, or related career field (The major is not open to students who have an earned an associate degree in business and the content of any electives in the program must be non-business content)
    • Have completed required prerequisite course work (e.g., at least one lab science course, a course in mathematics and/or statistics, courses in psychology, economics, and ethics) before admission. Students missing required prerequisite courses must complete prerequisite course work prior to admission. This may be accomplished (with appropriate advising approvals) at any accredited community college or university, or at RIT on a non-matriculated basis. Grades must be at the C level or higher and an overall GPA of at least 2.5 is expected for these pre-requisite courses
    • Submit a current resume
    • Participate in a faculty interview (as needed)
    • Applicants must currently be employed in a technical/technology, public services, medical or related career field for at least three years, or have a minimum of three years’ experience in their career field within the last five years

    International applicants: This major is conducted entirely online and all instruction is in English. No courses are offered in a traditional classroom format on the RIT campus and therefore the major does not meet the typical visa and course registration requirements for international students studying in the United States.

    International students outside the United States:

    • All admission requirements must be met
    • A test of English Language aptitude (TOEFL) is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (internet-based) are required.  Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic)  are accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. The minimum PTE score is 62.  Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic 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. These countries include: Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada, except Quebec, Commonwealth Caribbean, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, St. Kitt & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Swazilan, Tanzania, Tobago, Trinidad, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA, except Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
    • Note that TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson provide an overall score. The academic department will review individual scores received in the test sections to determine if your language skills in each area are strong enough for admission.
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