Business and Management

Nationally ranked business programs prepare you to excel at the intersection of business and technology. RIT’s business and management programs combine technology and entrepreneurial thinking so you can deliver innovative solutions in any industry.

The accounting and financial analytics  instills data skills in finance and accounting professionals and enables them to operate effectively in the modern data-centric environment. You will learn how to access, interpret, analyze, and report business data by using tools, as well as use visualization as a decision-making tool in functional business areas. Courses completed in the certificate program can be applied later to the master’s degree in business analytics, or can be used as a valuable add-on for students pursuing a masters degrees in fields such as finance, accounting, management, applied statistics, and computer science.

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RIT’s accounting master's degree pulls together important areas of technology, finance, strategy, and compliance to help you advance your career. In addition to gaining the technological skills needed to design, operate, and control accounting information systems–skills that are highly sought after by employers– you also will be prepared to sit for the Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) exam, which our graduates consistently score higher on than state and national averages.

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The AAS degree in accounting technology prepares students for entry-level employment in accounting-related occupations. Students learn the functions of the complete accounting cycle for service, merchandising, and manufacturing businesses. Graduates use computers to maintain and reconcile various financial records, verify business records, and perform other clerical and administrative duties. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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The administrative support technology major prepares you for a career in a variety of business settings including government, education, corporate, and health care. You will receive a foundation in computer software applications, business office procedures and document preparation as well as opportunities to develop appropriate professional interpersonal and human relations skills. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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The AAS degree in business administration focuses on general business operations and the critical decision-making process required for success in today's fast-paced work environment. Students learn the fundamentals of business planning, interpersonal skills, and communication skills needed to succeed on the job. The program blends practical business experiences with theory and teaches students how to apply these concepts in actual business situations through case studies, interactive sessions, and cooperative education work experience. This degree is for students contemplating careers in the fields of marketing, sales, retail, advertising, banking, management, human resources, hospitality, and other related fields. Students receive leadership training in addition to becoming proficient in the use of computer software applications necessary to succeed in the business world. Decision-making skills will be stressed throughout the program as well as consensus-building skills that support working in team situations. Graduates will find employment in private and public sector entry-level positions. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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Earning your master of business administration degree gives you the freedom to customize the program to meet your career goals. Combing a strong foundation in business fundamentals with technology infused into core courses, your MBA will help you stand out and enhance your personal brand. Choose from a range of concentrations including business analytics, management information systems, supply chain management, as well as joint concentrations with other RIT colleges, such as engineering management and health systems administration.

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Determine an organization’s overall wealth, profitability, and liquidity, and help companies with short- and long-term financial business decisions.

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Explore the management, creation, and study of money, banking, investments, assets, and liabilities, and the impact of technology on financial systems, cash-flow analysis, capital markets, financial decision-making, and forecasting.

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Understand the financial, political, cultural, and economic environments to influence an organization’s business strategy and performance in a globally connected world.

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The many facets of management—from motivating employees to effective communication to leading teams—form the essential skills that define an effective leader.

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Explore the complete business-consumer relationship, from internet marketing, social media, and professional selling to brand awareness, international marketing, and the impact of consumer behavior.

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Accountants serve a strategic role in business that goes beyond number crunching and financial reporting. They provide a foundation for corporate strategy, serve as business advisors, and understand how to leverage cutting-edge technologies. The MBA in accounting provides a broad-based education of business and technology, while focusing on career skills that can be applied to any business in the world. In addition to gaining the technological skills needed to design, operate, and control accounting information systems–skills that are highly sought after by employers– you also will be prepared to sit for the Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) exam, which graduates consistently score higher on than state and national averages.

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The executive MBA is a challenging program designed to accelerate the careers of experienced, high-performing professionals with six or more years of business experience. It is ideal for creative, innovative individuals with established careers who are looking for proven and effective methods and strategies to propel them further up the career ladder or transition into a new field. Students master executive skills such as strategic and cross–functional thinking, utilizing data to drive decision making, client consulting, and leadership. They learn from knowledgeable and professional instructors and from the motivated and diverse peer group enrolled in the program. The curriculum encourages analytical thinking and problem solving, and places a strong emphasis on collaboration and group interaction.

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The online executive MBA is designed for mid-to-upper level professionals seeking to hone their business and leadership skills in order to enhance their performance, assume greater responsibilities, and effectively position themselves for future opportunities. The flexibility of the online format cultivates collaboration yet allows for distance learning. At RIT, we know that executives want more than a simple transfer of business and management theory and concepts. They want a high level of engagement with faculty and especially with their peers. They want the opportunity to discuss, argue, compete, and collaborate with other seasoned managers on strategic and topical issues and projects. These are the essential features of the online executive MBA, and one that has direct and immediate applicability to their own professional development.

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Today's businesses collect an incredible amount of data from nearly every customer touch point, from point-of-sale transactions, customer service interactions, social media feedback, search engine entries, market research activities, sales data, demographic information, and more. As of now, only a tiny portion of this data is analyzed. By getting a business analytics master’s degree, you will become skilled in using big data to create powerful solutions to help companies increase sales, reach new customers, develop new products, enhance customer experiences, and more. You will acquire a broad and in-depth training in multiple disciplines related to business analytics, including management information systems (MIS), marketing, accounting, finance, management, and engineering. The program prepares you to enter one of today’s top business careers.

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The AS degree in business is an Associate+Bachelor’s degree program designed to prepare deaf and hard-of-hearing students to enter and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree program in Saunders College of Business. Saunders College is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the premier accrediting organization for business schools. Upon completion of the AS program, students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 will enroll in Saunders College of Business, where they complete their bachelor’s degree in business administration–accounting, business administration–finance, business administration–international business, business administration–management, business administration–marketing, management information systems, or new media marketing. Admission to this major is available during the fall semester only. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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Explore your interests in business, finance, marketing, or management before you declare a major. The business exploration option gives you an opportunity to explore your interests in business while you complete foundation courses. You can sample courses in a variety of majors while you identify the program that best meets your interests and career aspirations.

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The business administration program prepares you for a career in general business operations. You’ll learn the fundamentals of business planning, interpersonal skills, and communication skills needed to succeed on the job. You’ll also receive leadership training in addition to becoming proficient in the use of computer software applications necessary to succeed in the business world. This degree is for students interested in the fields of marketing, sales, retail, advertising, banking, management, human resources, hospitality, and other related business disciplines. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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The computational finance program produces quantitative analysts who design and implement financial models used by banks and investment companies to generate profits and reduce risk. Computational analytics experts also support other industries and business functions that reach beyond banking and finance. The computational finance masters helps you expand your skills into fields that are in great demand and feature high salaries. The program is designed for students interested in computational or quantitative finance careers in banking, finance, and a growing number of industries.

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The MS in data science provides a strong career focus that prepares students with the practical and theoretical skills to handle large-scale data management and analysis challenges that arise in today's data-driven organizations.

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Work with people of all ages, cultures, and economic means to apply nutritional science to help their clients address health, nutritional, and wellness needs.

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Combine math and statistics with your desire to impact policy and social issues to research, collect, and analyze information, monitor economic trends, and develop forecasts to guide industries in making critical decisions.

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The engineering management curriculum is a combination of engineering courses from the industrial and systems engineering program and management courses from Saunders College of Business. The program combines technical expertise with managerial skills to focus on the management of engineering and technological enterprises. Students understand the technology involved in engineering projects and the management process through which the technology is applied. The objective is to provide a solid foundation in the areas commonly needed by managers who oversee engineers and engineering projects. In addition to industrial engineering expertise, students gain valuable knowledge in areas such as organizational behavior, finance, and accounting.

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Earning your masters in entrepreneurship and innovative ventures means learning to lead the way in introducing unique solutions to global problems. RIT’s well renowned resources in business, science, technology, engineering, and the arts make it the center of innovation. You are encouraged to take advantage of these resources, including the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as you learn to bring new ideas to the marketplace. You will graduate with the business and technical expertise needed to thrive in both large incumbent firms as well as new start-up ventures.

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Management of environmental, health and safety issues has changed significantly in the past twenty years. The emergence of voluntary standards and codes of conduct, including international standards, coupled with the need to manage costs and limited resources has resulted in a trend to move beyond regulatory compliance. Now, companies work toward sustainability through the use of integrated environmental, health and safety management systems, which are woven into key business processes.

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Encompassing corporate finance, investment management, banking, insurance, consulting, and more, the finance master’s degree unlocks the world of finance and prepares you for managerial careers in corporate finance, investment analysis and portfolio management, financial consulting, and financial institutions. The program is specifically designed to prepare you to take the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) exam – the most respected and recognized investment management designation in the world. A highly flexible program, students can choose electives in a wide range of areas such as analytics to enhance your marketability and increase your job prospects.

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The advanced certificate in health care finance assists professionals in updating a set of skills or pursuing a career change. The advanced certificate may serve as a stand-alone credential, or, at a later date if a student decides to pursue the MS program in health systems administration, courses may be applied toward the requirements of the MS program. To meet the needs of working professionals, courses are available online.

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Students working on undergraduate degrees in the health sciences or those considering a career within the health care industry, would benefit from an orientation to the industry as a whole. The health systems administration certificate introduces students to the extraordinary complexity of the U.S. health care system while also exposing students to the systems of care in other countries; how health care organizations plan for and deliver effective health care services; how various services are financed as well as other financial management strategies; and how to effectively lead these highly complex, mission-driven organizations that serve people throughout their lives.

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Innovative ways to deliver patient care, gathering and analyzing heath care data, enhancing the patient experience, reducing costs, and improving the health of populations are just a few of the challenges facing health care professionals in an industry that is complex and ever changing.  

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The associate in science degree in hospitality and service management is an Associate+Bachelor’s degree program designed to prepare deaf and hard-of-hearing students to enter and successfully complete a baccalaureate program in the hospitality and tourism management program. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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Management and hospitality combine with technology, computing, and data analytics to improve the guest experience and reshape the hospitality and tourism industry.

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Draw conclusions about models and theories associated with hospitality and tourism in a global environment; and analyze, evaluate, and apply hospitality and tourism data from diverse sources in this dynamic degree program. With a master’s degree in hospitality and tourism management, you’ll be prepared for multiple mid-level service management and training director positions as you create and present new hospitality and tourism services through effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication. Graduates are ready to step into multiple service management and training director positions.

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Get the skills needed to help an organization with their workforce needs. By incorporating a global focus into the master's of human resources degree, RIT ensures that our graduates can maximize human potential, increase productivity, and retain great talent. You will be able to successfully plan and execute corporate strategy related to human capital, develop workplace talent, retain valuable employees, and much more. Whether you’re starting a career in human resources or enhancing your competencies in training, instructional design, performance management, and employee development, you’ll graduate as a strategic leader of the human potential in your organization.

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Lean Six Sigma is a methodology for increasing organizational productivity and efficiency through a structured problem solving process called DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control). The focus of this advanced certificate is on improving organizational systems and work processes.

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Computing security, database design, networking, and IT combine to create information systems that gather and analyze business data to improve an organization’s operational efficiency, add value to existing products, and help managers make crucial decisions.

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Gain the problem-solving skills needed for success in a variety of management positions. Designed both for students without business experience or those who have earned an undergraduate business degree, the program prepares professionals for management roles within a range of industries. The management masters features four tracks –global management and supply chain management, product and service development, leadership, and a flexible option – that enable you to customize your degree to meet your career goals. Through real-world experience, you’ll be prepared for a rewarding career in management.

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The master of science in manufacturing leadership is a leadership program for experienced engineers, business, and technical professionals who aspire to high-level positions in operations, supply chain management, and process improvement. The program integrates business and engineering courses with an emphasis on operational excellence, supply chain management, systems thinking, and leadership of teams and organizations.  

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All businesses and organizations rely on graphic communications to increase their effectiveness in communicating ideas, instructions, and concepts. A graduate with a media masters understands the value of information design and recognizes the many ways it can be used to positively impact the bottom line. In the media arts and technology program, you will learn to leverage emerging technologies to your advantage. With a management focus, technical expertise, and comprehensive knowledge of how to drive the graphics process from concept through completion, you will be an attractive prospect in a wide range of industries, including education, engineering, marketing, research science, human resources, public relations, and more.

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Internet marketing, imaging, graphic arts, information systems, social media, and search engine optimization combine to create cutting-edge digital business and marketing solutions.

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Profound and ongoing changes are taking place in organizations, and individuals need to be flexible and proactive in their response. The organizational change and leadership certificate helps students understand corporate culture and develop skills necessary to manage organizational and individual change. Through the study of leadership, corporate culture, change management, organizational behavior, and teams, individuals understand and obtain the skills necessary to proactively manage change.

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The advanced certificate in organizational learning provides students with an in-depth understanding of how people learn. Courses cover the theories of instructional design, including the use of technology and its impact on curriculum design, and the development of courses for both classroom and online learning. The certificate is appropriate for chief knowledge officers, training directors, personnel new to the teaching field, and those who wish to embark on a career in teaching or training.

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The master of science in product development is a leadership program for experienced engineers and technical specialists who aspire to high-level positions associated with product innovation. The program integrates business and engineering management courses to build cross-functional competence with emphasis on the total product development lifecycle, systems thinking and design, holistic decision making, and leadership of product development teams and organizations.

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In today’s business-oriented society, project-based organizations and project management have become much more than just a way of conducting business. New growth within these organizations has changed the shape of project management to reveal what is becoming an exciting new career path for many individuals. Project managers have quickly become a necessary asset for many businesses.

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Develop an in-depth understanding of how people learn. In the advanced certificate in service leadership you’ll learn the theories of instructional design, including the use of technology and its impact on curriculum design, and the development of courses for both classroom and online learning. The certificate is appropriate for chief knowledge officers, training directors, personnel new to the teaching field, and those who wish to embark on a career in the dynamic field of corporate and organizational training.

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Having a 360-degree view of customers, the ability to formulate and execute strategic initiatives, and being a visionary leadership that all companies need to be successful – these are the goals the master's degree in service leadership and innovation.

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Manage the flow of goods and services around the world by understanding the logistics, planning, inventory demands, transportation, and execution behind moving products from farms and production facilities to their final destinations in warehouses and stores.

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Today's entrepreneur faces a highly competitive and constantly changing marketplace driven by continuous innovation in technology, business models, execution, and strategy. In order to succeed, the new entrepreneur must develop an understanding of these dynamics and how their interplay creates value for a new venture.

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Senior leaders in the most successful businesses agree that leveraging the human capital of an organization is vital to survival in today’s competitive business climate. This requires businesses to align employee development plans with strategy and provide targeted learning experiences to ensure they equip their workforce to perform at the peak of their capability, attract the best and brightest candidates, and retain the most qualified employees.

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