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Saunders MS in Management

Build Your Bridge to Business Success with an MS in Management at Saunders College
Program Overview
Program Features
Saunders Leadership Fellows Program
MS in Management Capstone Project
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If you are a professional without prior business experience or education, the Master of Science in Management program is uniquely designed for you to succeed in business. Gain the knowledge and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in a variety of management positions, to lead complex organizations that are impacted by technological change and globalization. Reach your full potential and advance your career in only 12 months as only RIT can deliver with a strong tradition of combining business and technology.

Backed by a Cooperative and Career Services office that places more than 4,100 students with over 6,100 employers annually and a focus on applied learning, Saunders graduates are prepared to hit the ground running and experience 94% placement rates across all business programs.

Program Features

Solid Business Foundation

First, get a strong foundation in management through three core courses.

  • Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  • Managing of Innovation in Products and Services
  • Negotiation
  • PLUS: Non-credit Corporate Social  Responsibility Speaker Series

In-Demand Career Tracks Options

Then select from several in-demand career tracks:

  • Global Management & Supply Chain Management
  • Product and Service Development
  • Leadership
  • NEW Flexible Track

Customize to Create Your Own Brand

Finish by customizing your degree with electives by selecting graduate courses from any of the 9 RIT colleges offering nationally recognized programs in STEAM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The flexibility of the program allows you to specialize in technology intensive environments emphasizing strong business and data analytics and in technological industries such as biomedical and health sciences.

Real-world Experience

Consider applying for the MS in Management Leadership Fellows Program that offers a 50% scholarship and pairs you up with industry mentors.

All students will finish their one year (12 months) program with a Capstone Project delivering an interdisciplinary client-facing project, where you integrate in and apply your acquired acumen. Drawing upon concepts and analytical skills gained in your studies, you will provide solutions for real-world clients.

Top Rankings & Recognition

TFE (The Financial Engineer) Times ranks Saunders the #15 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.

Program Tracks

Chose from one of several programs tracks to specialize your degree.

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


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 higher level management 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


The Flexible track is aimed at professionals with a specific industry and/or technology focus to provide the necessary business skills to become a leader in your desired field. The track gives you the flexibility to take science, technology and art courses from other RIT colleges, allowing you to manage in specialized industries with a technology-orientated focus.

Featured courses in track: Project Management, Introduction to Data Analysis & Business Intelligence, Design and Information Systems, and Financial Analytics

Admissions Requirements

Please review the degree specific admissions requirements for this program.


The program consists of 30 semester credit hours, plus a graduate Capstone Project*.

Please use the following links for curriculum details.

Overview of Courses Course Details & Descriptions History of Course Catalogs

These links provide details on the curriculum for this program. Overview of Courses details all the courses and electives that are included in the program. Course Details and Descriptions allow you to find details and schedules for individual courses, including co- and pre- requisites for individual courses. These are kept up to date with the latest details pertaining to prospective students.

Current students and alumni – please visit the Office of the Registrar for a History of Course Catalogs to view and download official degree requirements pertaining to the academic year you began your degree.

Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is an applied experience in which students 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.

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Featured Fellows

Silvia Caraballo
Andrew Tobin
Patrick Reynolds

Featured Industry Mentors

Daisy AlgarinDaisy Algarin
Sr. Marketing Specialist
City of Rochester
Pietro Giovenco
President & Chief Operating Officer
Bergmann Associates
James A. Goff
President and CEO
Landsman Development Corp

Peter Parts

Peter Parts Electronics

Application deadline for Fellowship consideration: April 21, 2017


  • Candidates interested in applying for Leadership Fellows for Fall 2017 may submit an application at any time. The deadline to apply for Fall 2017 has been extended to April 21, 2017. All applicants to the MS-Management program who complete the Leadership Fellowship application requirements will be considered.
  • All four MS-Management tracks are eligible for the Fellows Program.
  • Fellowship application requirements: To be reviewed for the Fellowship, please include a short bio as a page following your application essay. The bio should outline the aspects of your professional experiences and professional interests that exemplify leadership, creativity in managing challenges, research, or initiatives that helped set you apart from your fellow colleagues in your undergraduate program or professional career.  

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.

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