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Saunders MS in Management

Build Your Bridge to Business Success with an MS in Management at Saunders College
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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 #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.

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

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

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 flexibility to take science, technology and art courses from other RIT colleges, allowing you to manage in specialized industries with a technology-orientated focus. Track pending New York State approval for Fall 2017.

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 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.


Application deadline for Fellowship consideration: March 1, 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 is March 1st, 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.  

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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.

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