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Program Overview

The Saunders Master of Science in Management at RIT is especially appropriate for students with liberal arts, science, engineering, and technology backgrounds with little to no prior experience in business management.  

TFE (The Financial Engineer) Times ranks Saunders the #22 Masters of Science in Management program in North America, while the US News & World Report 2017 Best Business School Rankings places Saunders as the #85 graduate business school in the nation.

The one year (12 months) program is designed to help you gain a foundation in business while allowing you to specialize with any one of our three tracks:

Global Management and Supply Chain Management
The Global Management and Supply Chain Management track prepares you to be an effective business leader in today’s global economy. It provides you with the background in the major aspects of managing and operating a multi-national business such as international competitive strategy, cross-cultural human resource management, global marketing, as well as global logistics and operation management.

Featured courses in track: Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals, Supply Chain Management, Global Marketing Management, and Business Process Analysis and Workflow.

Product and Service Development
The Product and Services Track prepares students to lead the innovation and commercialization of new products and services. It provides the critical thinking skills for managing the technology development process, coordinating R&D and Marketing functions of an organization, and capturing value from the commercialization process. It will help you advance your career as a technology or new product project manager, product and services brand manager, or CIO, CTO or CEO of a technology start-up.

Featured courses in track: Project Management, Managing for Environmental Sustainability, and Commercialization and Marketing of New Products

Leadership
The Leadership track focuses on developing your individual leadership styles and skills that will help you to manage people and lead organizations. It will help you to advance to a higher managerial level positions.

Featured courses in track: Managing for Environmental Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation, Advanced Topics in Technology Management, and Field Experiences in Business Consulting

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Admissions Requirements

Please review the degree specific admissions requirements for this program.

Curriculum

The program consists of 30 semester credit hours, plus a graduate Capstone Project*. Program details are provided below.

Core Courses

Credits
MGMT-735 Management of Innovation in Products and Services 3
This course addresses the management of innovation, sustainable technology, and the importance of technology-based innovation for the growth of the global products and services industries. The course integrates three major themes: (1) leading-edge concepts in innovation, (2) the role of technology in creating global competitive advance in both product-based and services-based industries, and (3) the responsibility of businesses related to sustainability. The importance of digital technology as an enabler of innovative services is covered throughout the course. (completion of four graduate business courses)
(Enrollment Requirement: Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3
This course examines why people behave as they do in organizations and what managers can do to improve organizational performance by influencing people's behavior. Students will learn a number of frameworks for diagnosing and dealing with managerial challenges dynamics at the individual, group and organizational level. Topics include leadership, motivation, team building, conflict, organizational change, cultures, decision making and ethical leadership.
MGMT-755 Negotiations 3
This course is designed to teach the art and science of negotiation so that one can negotiate successfully in a variety of settings, within one's day-to-day experiences and, especially, within the broad spectrum of negotiation problems faced by managers and other professionals. Individual class sessions will explore the many ways that people think about and practice negotiation skills and strategies in a variety of contexts.
MGMT-775 Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics 3
This course uses cases, readings, and class discussions to apply concepts of ethics to business at the macro level and at the micro level. At the macro level the course examines competing business ideologies exploring the ethical concerns of capitalism as well as the role of business in society. At the micro level the course examines the role of the manager in establishing an ethical climate with an emphasis on the development of ethical leadership in business organizations. The following topics are typically discussed: the stakeholder theory of the firm, corporate governance, marketing and advertising ethics, the rights and responsibilities of employees, product safety, ethical reasoning, business's responsibility to the environment, moving from a culture of compliance to a culture of integrity, and ethical leadership.

Core Courses Total Semester Credit Hours: 12

Tracks (select one)

Global Management and Supply Chain Management Credits
DECS-743 Operations and Supply Chain Management 3
Study of the management of operations and supply chain management. Encompasses both manufacturing and services. Topics include operations and supply chain strategy, ethical behavior, forecasting; work systems, inventory management, capacity and materials planning, lean operation, supply chain design and closed-loop supply chains, global operations, quality management, quality control, and quality improvement, project management; and current issues.
(Enrollment Requirement: This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.)
INTB-710 Global Business Opportunities and Threat 3
This course is designed to keep students informed of the current trends of global business, develop students with the necessary theoretical foundations and analytical skills to compete in the global environment, and equip students with the knowledge base to take advantage of global opportunities and avoid risks in international business. Subject areas include how to discover opportunities and analyze risks in international trade, foreign investment, foreign exchange, and regional integrations.
(Enrollment Requirement: This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.)
INTB-780 Global Issues and Strategies 3
This course will focus on contemporary international and global business issues, such as governance, outsourcing and offshoring, role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), etc. It will emphasize faculty-directed student research projects.
(Enrollment Requirement - Prerequisites: INTB-710 or equivalent course.)
Track Elective #1 (Global Management) - choose one of the following courses (click here): 3

FINC-760 Finance in a Global Environment

This course has a specific focus on international business problems that are financial in nature. 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.
(Enrollment Requirement - Pre or Corequisites: FINC-721 or equivalent course.)

INTB-730 Cross-Cultural Management

An analysis of comparative global business behavior and organization with particular emphasis on values, authority, individual and group relations, labor-management ties, risk tolerance, and motivational techniques. The course will prepare students to recognize different values and cultural factors in the global business community and how these shape and determine appropriate management behavior. The problems and opportunities of transferring management practices from one culture to another will also be examined.
(Enrollment Requirement - Prerequisites: MGMT-740 or equivalent course. )

INTB-750 Global Marketing Management

A managerial-focused course that examines global marketing from a strategic perspective. This course provides a framework for identifying and analyzing the cultural and environmental differences of countries and regions that impact global marketing. Students will evaluate opportunities and challenges in global markets to develop appropriate marketing programs and market-entry strategies. Topics include foreign market opportunity assessment, commercialization and entry strategy development, customer analysis, distribution channels, and promotion in global markets.
(Enrollment Requirement - Prerequisites: MKTG-761 or equivalent course.)

INTB-758 Seminar in International Business

This course offers an in-depth analysis of the global institutional environment and provides students the opportunity to research a variety of global business issues, such as regional business studies, emerging markets, and global industry analysis. 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.
Track Elective #2 (Supply Chain Management) - choose one of the following courses (click here): 3

CQAS-682Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals

This course presents the philosophy and methods that enable participants to develop quality strategies and drive process improvements that are linked to and integrated with business plans. The principles of Lean Six Sigma are presented, making the course a prerequisite for Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
(Enrollment Requirement - This course is restricted to students with graduate standing in the APPSTAT-MS OR APPSTAT-BS/MS or STATQL-ACT or SMPPI-ACT or MFLEAD-MS or PRODDEV-MS program.)

DECS-745Quality Control and Improvements

Study of total quality management (TQM), including Deming's philosophy, quality planning, quality cost principles, problem-solving methods and tools, the use of statistical methods for quality control and improvement, supplier relations, reliability concepts, and recent developments in quality. The course focus is on the management and continuous improvement of quality and productivity in manufacturing and service organizations.
(Prerequisites: DECS-782 or equivalent course.)

ISEE-703 Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management is unique in that it is one of the oldest business activities and yet has been recently discovered as a potentially powerful source of competitive advantage. Supply chain system activities planning production levels, forecasting demand, managing inventory, warehousing, transportation, and locating facilities have been performed since the start of commercial activity. It is difficult to visualize any product that could reach a customer without a consciously designed supply chain. Yet it is only recently that many firms have started focusing on supply chain management. There is a realization that no company can do any better than its supply chain and logistics systems. This becomes even more important given that product life cycles are shrinking and competition is intense. Logistics and supply chain management today represents a great challenge as well as a tremendous opportunity for most firms.
(Enrollment Requirement - This course is restricted to students in MFLEAD-MS and PRODDEV-MS.)

MGIS-760Integrated Business Systems

This course focuses on the concepts and technologies associated with Integrated Business Information Systems and the managerial decisions related to the implementation and ongoing application of these systems. Topics include business integration and common patterns of systems integration technology including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and Data Integration. The key managerial and organizational issues in selecting the appropriate technology and successful implementation are discussed. Hands-on experience with the SAP R/3 system is utilized to enable students to demonstrate concepts related to integrated business systems. (familiarity with MS Office suite and Internet browsers).

MGIS-761 Business Process Analysis and Workflow

A common theme held in business today is identifying opportunities for improvement. By analyzing, redesigning and where possible, automating business processes, companies look to add value, improve operating efficiencies and reduce costs. Students explore approaches to analyzing and designing processes and apply graphic modeling techniques that allow for clear and simple definition, analysis and improvement of processes. Systems used for automating process workflow are introduced, such as workflow tools or SAP's R/3 workflow application.
(Enrollment Requirement - Prerequisites: MGIS-760 or equivalent course.)
One Business Elective 3
 

Track Total Semester Credit Hours: 18

Product and Service Development Credits
MGMT-720 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation 3
This course studies the process of creating new ventures with an emphasis on understanding the role of the entrepreneur in identifying opportunities, seeking capital and other resources, and managing the formation and growth of a new venture.
MGMT-743 Advanced Topics in Technology Management 3
This course is the advanced treatment of topics introduced in the core course offering, MGMT 735. It reviews topics introduced in the core like distruptive technology and adds significant new content on such topics as user innovation and organizational ambidexterity. Successful completion will prepare students for leadership and significant contributions as group members for any new technology development project.
(Enrollment Requirement - Prerequisites: MGMT-735 or equivalent course.)
Track Electives - choose one of the following courses (click here): 3

DECS-744 Project Management

A study in the principles of project management and the application of various tools and techniques for project planning and control. This course focuses on the leadership role of the project manager, and the roles and responsibilities of the team members. Considerable emphasis is placed on statements of work and work breakdown structures. The course uses a combination of lecture/discussion, group exercises, and case studies.
(Enrollment Requirement - This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.)

MGMT-710Managing for Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability means satisfying today's ecological needs without compromising the ability to meet tomorrow's needs. This course will examine how firms can use sustainable practices, such as pollution prevention and green design, and still be successful in a competitive marketplace. The course will look at the concept of environmental sustainability and the current state of social and political pressures for more sustainable business practices. It will also explore successful sustainable business strategies, and the management processes needed to support them.

MKTG-778Commercialization and Marketing of New Products

This course emphasizes the marketing and product strategy-related 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 firm's product development process, developing the marketing plan for launching new products, and managing the product life cycle. The course emphasizes best practices in marketing-related activities required for successful new product commercialization.
(Enrollment Requirement - Prerequisites: MKTG-761 or equivalent course.)
Two Business Electives 6
 
One Free Elective 3
 

Track Total Semester Credit Hours: 18

Leadership Credits
MGMT-741 Managing Organizational Change 3
This course examines why people behave as they do in organizations and what managers can do to improve organizational performance by influencing people’s behavior. Students will learn a number of frameworks for diagnosing and dealing with managerial challenges dynamics at the individual, group and organizational level. Topics include leadership, motivation, team building, conflict, organizational change, cultures, decision making and ethical leadership.
(Enrollment Requirement - Prerequisites: MGMT-740 or equivalent course.)
MGMT-763 Behavioral Skills for Managers 3
This course provides the opportunity to develop individual and interpersonal skills that enhance managerial performance in today's high-performance organization. Each student will perform in each of the major skill dimensions, and will be given evaluative feedback and the opportunity to incorporate the implications of that feedback into additional performance opportunities. Course participants are also provided with the opportunity to assess their career work preferences and to compare them with the performance expectations of managerial positions. The management styles of each participant are assessed, and the impact is clarified of the behaviors that flow from each style on the perceptions and performance of others in the organization. (No prerequisite for MS in Manufacturing Leadership students.)
(Enrollment Requirement - Prerequisites: MGMT-740 or equivalent course.
Track Electives - choose one of the following courses (click here): 3

MGMT-710Managing for Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability means satisfying today's ecological needs without compromising the ability to meet tomorrow's needs. This course will examine how firms can use sustainable practices, such as pollution prevention and green design, and still be successful in a competitive marketplace. The course will look at the concept of environmental sustainability and the current state of social and political pressures for more sustainable business practices. It will also explore successful sustainable business strategies, and the management processes needed to support them.

MGMT-720Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation

This course studies the process of creating new ventures with an emphasis on understanding the role of the entrepreneur in identifying opportunities, seeking capital and other resources, and managing the formation and growth of a new venture.

MGMT-743Advanced Topics in Technology Management

This course is the advanced treatment of topics introduced in the core course offering, MGMT 735. It reviews topics introduced in the core like distruptive technology and adds significant new content on such topics as user innovation and organizational ambidexterity. Successful completion will prepare students for leadership and significant contributions as group members for any new technology development project.
(Enrollment Requirement - Prerequisites: MGMT-735 or equivalent course.)

MGMT-753Field Experiences in Business Consulting

Students work in consulting teams to assist startup ventures and/or small businesses. Students focus on multiple aspects of consulting including client engagement, negotiating statements of work, project management, and final briefings and reports. From problem identification through the application of relevant analytical models, course projects may focus on a number of areas. For example, they may seek to develop commercialization plans for specific technologies, products, or services; craft marketing plans; focus on unique problems associated with small businesses; and develop growth strategies. Recommended for students nearing the completion of their program.
(Enrollment Requirement - Prerequisites: ACCT-603 and FINC-721 and MKTG-761 or equivalent courses.)
Two Business Electives 6
 
One Free Elective 3
 

Track Total Semester Credit Hours: 18

Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is an applied experience in which students will integrate and apply knowledge gained in MS-Management, drawing on their conceptual knowledge and analytical skills gained in their track to address a real problem for a real-world client. Projects may take many forms, including interdisciplinary project, for-profit organization, or a service or community-based project. The topic and format is flexible and students will work with a faculty mentor to identify a project that is best suited to their track. A faculty advisor will assist teams in defining the business problem, clarifying the scope of the project, and determining appropriate analysis approaches. To view more about the Capstone Project at Saunders, visit our Capstone at Saunders webpage.


*Under certain circumstances, students may be able to take a comprehensive exam in place of the graduate Capstone Project. Program Director approval is required.

 

The Saunders Leadership Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity to enhance your education while getting your MS-Management degree. The exclusive Fellows program offers significant advantages, including:

  • 50% minimum scholarship
  • Connect with business leaders as mentors
  • Highly-selective, cohort-based learning experience

The Saunders Leadership Fellows Program will give you the extra edge needed to stand out and take your career further and faster.

 

FOR LEADERSHIP FELLOWS CONSIDERATION:

  • Although Leadership Fellows applications for Fall 2016 are no longer being accepted, applications for the MS in Management program are still being accepted for Fall 2016.
  • Candidates interested in applying for Leadership Fellows for Fall 2017 may submit an application at any time.
  • All MS in Management applicants are eligible and all three tracks are available for the Fellows Program.

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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.

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