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Degree Specific Admissions Details

Saunders College of Business has rolling admissions which means that you can apply at any time. We do encourage you to complete your application for admission as early as possible. Your financial aid and admissions scholarships are not be processed until after you are accepted to the program, while additional consideration may be determined based on the order in which applications are received.

In all cases, all application materials must be received by RIT before your application will be reviewed for acceptance.

For start dates of each degree please refer to our Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science degree comparison charts. 

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Programs

To be considered for admission to Saunders MBA programs, including the MBA in Accounting candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Have working knowledge of algebra and statistics
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Submit scores from Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)- GMAT preferred for international applicants and those applying for scholarships
  • Submit a personal statement
  • Submit a current resume
  • Complete a graduate application
  • International students whose native language is not English must meet additional English-language requirements

Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Program

For our Executive MBA programs designed for working professionals with over 7 years managerial experience, please visit Executive MBA (on-campus) and Online Executive MBA program pages for admissions details specific to those programs.

Master of Science (MS) Programs

Accounting, Finance, and Computational Finance

To be considered for admission to Saunders MS in Accounting, MS in Finance, and MS in Computational Finance programs, candidates must fulfill the same requirements as the Master of Business Administration. Please see the MBA admissions requirements above for details.

Management, and Entrepreneurship and Innovative Ventures

To be considered for admission to Saunders MS in Management and MS in Entrepreneurship and Innovative Ventures programs, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Submit a current resume
  • Essay: please see requirements below
  • Complete a graduate application
  • Submit the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test* (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). GRE scores over five years old will not be accepted.

* MS in Management/MS in Entrepreneurship and Innovative Ventures GMAT Waiver

GMAT may be waived if one or more of the following are submitted:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher: If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher from an AACSB accredited institution, or similar U.S. based educational institution.
  • Six years or more of U.S.-based work experience: Waiver requests will be reviewed by Program Director if you have 6 or more years of work experience in an increasingly managerial or leadership position.
  • Completion of a terminal degree (e.g., JD, MD, Ph.D.): Automatic GMAT/GRE waiver if you have completed a terminal degree with a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Essay: Applicants must select 1 of the 3 essay topics below. The essay should be typed, double-spaced, and 2 pages in length.

  • Describe an ethical dilemma you faced and how you resolved it
  • Explain what you have learned from a managerial, leadership, or team experience that was not completely successfully.
  • Describe your greatest professional achievement and how you added value to your organization.

Fellowship application requirements: To be reviewed for the Management Leadership 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 up apart from your fellow colleagues in your undergraduate program or professional career.