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The Saunders MBA Traditional Program

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program requires 48 semester credit hours and consists of 16 courses, 11 of which are devoted to core functional areas, and 5 for concentration areas and electives. Traditional MBA students follow the same curriculum and receive all the benefits, rankings, and recognition found in our MBA program. As of 2016 our traditional MBA program is cited in tier one category of CEO magazine.

The three major components to the MBA curriculum:

  • A foundation core of 11 courses
  • At least one area of concentration
  • Elective courses outside your area of concentration
  • Note: View course requirements specific to our MBA in Accounting

Program Features

Recognized among nations very best business schools

Saunders MBA program is recognized by many national and international rankings. US News & World Report 2017 Best Business School Rankings place Saunders #85 nationally among 470 MBA programs, while TFE (The Financial Engineer) Times ranks Saunders MBA #95 among MBA programs in North America, and Poets & Quants ranked Saunders College of Business among the nation's Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs coming in at #100. Learn about other top rankings and recognition received by Saunders College graduate programs and Rochester Institute of Technology.

A Solid Business Foundation

Our MBA core is aligned with the values of RIT and the skills that employers demand. The core MBA Foundation Courses provide differentiated coverage of data analytics and business intelligence, management information systems, innovation in products and services, and social responsibility and ethics – delivering foundational knowledge across all areas of business.

Unique and Customizable Concentrations

Some of our key MBA concentrations, built upon our University and faculty strengths, provide coverage of product commercialization, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, and management information systems as well as traditional areas of business. We also have concentrations that span across engineering, science and the liberal arts, including quality management, health systems administration, and public policy. With access to all graduate courses across all RIT Colleges, there is also the opportunity to customize a concentration, based on specific career goals (program approval and prerequisites apply).


For more information on this program call +1.585.475.6916, send us an email, or request more information.

For quick Admissions decisions and determination for scholarship and financial aid please visit the RIT Office of Graduate Enrollment to apply online.


Special Note: For students who enrolled prior to fall 2015, please visit the Office of the Registrar for historical course catalogs for download to view degree requirements.