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The RIT Edge

Achieve Greatness Through Difference with a Saunders MBA at RIT where a powerful curriculum allows you to create your own MBA. Business concentrations uniquely combine business and technology as found in industry, while joint concentrations deliver powerful options by partnering with RIT colleges recognized for excellence in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) disciplines. Or choose to create a customized concentration and use free electives by accessing graduate courses across all nine RIT Colleges, providing endless opportunities to customize your MBA. This is built upon a solid foundation of MBA Core Courses that give you the skills and confidence to succeed in the rapidly evolving technological workplace.

MBA Program = Core Courses + Concentrations + Electives

The MBA curriculum consists of the following components:

A Technology Core: 11 courses

MBA Core Courses feature a Technology Core including data analytics and business intelligence, management information systems, and distinctive courses in innovation in products and services and social responsibility and ethics, in addition to delivering foundational knowledge across all areas of business. For more details visit our MBA Core Courses page.

In-Demand Concentrations: 3 courses

Uniquely positioned at RIT, Saunders MBA Concentrations allow you to pursue your interest while providing powerful options to differentiate yourself in ways that employers notice and value. Check out a summary of all our MBA Concentrations for an overview of business, joint and customized concentrations, or view course details for MBA Concentrations in our MBA curriculum table below.

Free Electives: 2 courses

Choose graduate courses across all nine RIT colleges to customize your MBA further with free electives that complement your MBA experience, interests and passions.

Curriculum for current and past 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.


Business administration, MBA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
Accounting for Decision Makers
A graduate-level introduction to the use of accounting information by decision makers. The focus of the course is on two subject areas: (1) financial reporting concepts/issues and the use of general-purpose financial statements by internal and external decision makers and (2) the development and use of special-purpose financial information intended to assist managers in planning and controlling an organization's activities. Generally accepted accounting principles and issues related to International Financial Reporting Standards are considered while studying the first subject area and ethical issues impacting accounting are considered throughout.
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Economics and Decision Modeling
The course focuses on the fundamental economic theories most useful for the management of a firm in a global environment. Microeconomic theories and current events are used to explain the performance of the market system and help managers formulate effective pricing and business decisions. Macroeconomic theories and current events are used to explain the direction of the domestic and global economy to help managers understand the implications, including foreign direct investment, for their companies. Students will learn to explain and predict changes in economic growth, inflation, interest rates, international trade and foreign exchange rates.
Financial Analysis for Managers
An examination of basic financial theories, techniques, and practices. Topics include: time value of money, valuation, capital asset pricing, risk and diversification, cost of capital, capital budgeting techniques and spreadsheet analysis.
Introduction to Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
This course serves as an introduction to data analysis including both descriptive and inferential statistical techniques. Contemporary data analytics and business intelligence tools will be explored through realistic problem assignments.
Design and Information Systems
Students who complete this course will understand the principles and practices employed to analyze information needs and design appropriate IT-based solutions to address business challenges and opportunities. They will learn how to conduct requirements analysis, approach the design or redesign of business processes, communicate designs decisions to various levels of management, and work in a project-based environment.
Management of Innovation in Products and Services
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)
Organizational Behavior and Leadership 
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.
Competitive Strategy
This course reviews the techniques and tools firms use to create a sustainable competitive advantage in the global economy. Cross-functional analysis is a core element in the course. Topics covered include the mission and vision of the firm, analysis of the external environment, analysis of internal resources and capabilities, the role of innovation in strategy development, analysis of global business strategies, developing and implementing business-level and corporate-level strategies, and managing strategy in the multi-business corporation. *Note: All MBA core courses.
Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics
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.
Marketing Concepts and Commercialization
An introduction to contemporary principles and practices of marketing. The course is structured around the process of marketing planning leading to the development of successful marketing strategies, including the commercialization of products and services in domestic and international environments. Focus is on environmental scanning techniques, setting and evaluating measurable objectives, innovating and controlling the interrelated components of product/service offering, planning and executing the marketing mix (channels of distribution, price, and promotion), and enhancing customer relationships through the delivery of customer value.
MBA Electives (concentration courses)
Total Semester Credit Hours 48


Choose three of the following:
   ACCT-645    Accounting Information Systems
   ACCT-704    Corporate Financial Accounting I
   ACCT-705    Corporate Financial Accounting II
   ACCT-706    Cost Management
   ACCT-707    Advanced Accounting
   ACCT-708    Auditing and Professional Responsibility
   ACCT-709    Basic Taxation
   ACCT-710    Tax Analysis and Strategy
   ACCT-711    Internal Auditing
   ACCT-738    Information Systems Auditing and Assurance Services
   ACCT-740    Comparative Financial Statement Analysis
   ACCT-741    Cases in Forensic and Fraud Examination
   ACCT-758    Seminar in Accounting*
   ACCT-795    Financial Accounting Theory and Research
Digital marketing
Required courses:
MKTG-722 Internet Marketing: Strategy and Tactics
MKTG-768 Marketing Analytics
Choose one of the following:
   MKTG-758    Seminar in Marketing
   MKTG-762    Strategic Marketing Management
   MKTG-763    Buyer Behavior
   MKTG-773    Database Marketing
   MKTG-778    Commercialization and Marketing of New Products
   MKTG-799    Independent Study in Marketing
   MKTG-7xx    Search Engine Marketing
MGMT-720 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
MGMT-753 Field Experience in Business Consulting
MKTG-776 Product and Brand Management
Environmentally sustainable management
MGMT-710 Managing for Environmental Sustainability
Choose two of the following:
   ECON-810    Economics of Sustainability
   ESHS-720    Environmental Health and Safety Management
   ESHS-725    EHS Accounting and Finance
   ESHS-750    ESH Project Management
   ISEE-785    Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering
   ISEE-786    Lifecycle Assessment
   ISUS-704    Industrial Ecology
   ISUS-710    Sustainable Product Design
   PUBL-751    Energy Policy
   PUBL-810    Technology, Policy and Sustainability
   STSO-750    Sustainable Communities

* Additional electives may be approved upon request.

FINC-725 Securities and Investment Analysis
Choose two of the following:
   FINC-605    Financing New Ventures
   FINC-722    Financial Management II
   FINC-725    Securities and Investment Analysis
   FINC-740    Options and Futures
   FINC-742    Financial Modeling and Analysis
   FINC-758    Seminar in Finance*
   FINC-760    Finance in a Global Environment
   FINC-774    Advanced Derivatives

* Topics may vary.

Innovation management
MGMT-743 Advanced Topics in Technology Management
Choose two of the following:
   BLEG-745    Legal and Ethical Issues in Technology Intensive Environments
   DECS-744    Project Management
   MGMT-720    Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
   MGMT-741    Managing Organizational Change
   MKTG-776    Product and Brand Management
International business
INTB-710 Global Business Opportunities and Threats
Choose any two of following:
   FINC-760    Finance in a Global Environment
   INTB-730    Cross-cultural Management
   INTB-750    Global Marketing Management
   INTB-758    Seminar in Global Business*
   INTB-780    Global Issues and Strategies

* Topics may vary.

Management and leadership
MGMT-741 Managing Organizational Change
Choose two of the following:
   BLEG-745    Legal and Ethical Issues in Technology Intensive Environments
   INTB-730    Cross-cultural Management
   MGMT-710    Managing for Environmental Sustainability
   MGMT-720    Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
   MGMT-750    Human Resource Management
   MGMT-755    Negotiations
   MGMT-756    Power and Influence
   MGMT-758    Seminar in Management*
   MGMT-763    Behavioral Skills for Managers and Professionals
   MGMT-775    Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics

* Topics may vary.

Management information systems
MGIS-720 Information Systems Design and Development
Choose two of the following:
   MGIS-725    Data Management and Analytics
   MGIS-730    Information Technology Project Management
   MGIS-755    Information Technology Strategy and Management
   MGIS-760    Integrated Business Systems
   MGIS-761    Business Process Analysis and Workflow Design
MKTG-762 Strategic Marketing Management
MKTG-763 Buyer Behavior
Choose one of the following:
   MKTG-758    Seminar in Marketing*
   MKTG-768    Marketing Analytics
   MKTG-772    Internet Marketing Strategy and Tactics
   MKTG-773    Database Marketing
   MKTG-778    Commercialization and Marketing of New Products
  MKTG-799    Marketing Independent Study

* Topics may vary.

Product commercialization
MKTG-778 Commercialization and Marketing of New Products
Choose two of the following:
   DECS-744    Project Management
   MGMT-743    Advanced Topics in Technology Management
   MKTG-763    Buyer Behavior
   MKTG-771    Marketing Research Methods
   MKTG-776    Product and Brand Management
Quality and applied statistics
Choose three of the following:
   STAT-611    Statistical Software
   STAT-621    Statistical Quality Control
   STAT-670    Designing Experiment for Process Improvement
   ISEE-682    Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals
   STAT-701    Foundations of Experimental Design
   DECS-745    Quality Control and Improvement
Quality and organizational Improvement
DECS-745 Quality Control and Improvement
MGMT-741 Managing Organizational Change
Choose one of the following:
   DECS-744    Project Management
   DECS-758    Seminar in Decision Sciences*
   ISEE-682    Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals
   MGMT-770    Business Research Methods
   STAT-621    Statistical Quality Control

* Topics may vary.

Supply chain management
DECS-744 Project Management*
ISEE-703 Supply Chain Management
Choose one of the following:
   DECS-745    Quality Control and Improvement
   ISEE-682    Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals
   MGIS-760    Integrated Business Systems
   MGIS-761    Business Process Analysis and Workflow
   MGMT-741    Managing Organizational Change
   MGMT-776    Advanced Topics in Technology Management
   STAT-621    Statistical Quality Control

* Students must successfully complete Project Management (DECS-744) before enrolling in Supply Chain Management (ISEE-703).

Customized concentration options

In addition to the above concentrations, students may complete a three-course concentration from other RIT colleges, with program director approval. MBA students may currently complete concentrations in communication and media technologies, health systems administration, human resource development, engineering management, or pubic policy.

Additional options may be pursued, but must receive approval from an the program director.

Double concentrations

Students may elect to complete two concentrations. No more than one course may be used to fulfill the requirements of both concentrations.