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Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Master of Science (MS-TIME)

Technology and innovations are emerging at an increasing pace as new products and services are rapidly improving our lives in significant ways. Technology innovation managers and entrepreneurs who know how to lead technological changes in entrepreneurial ways are in high demand to capitalize on process and product development opportunities. As an entrepreneur and innovator, you lead the movement as you grasp how to identify problems and view them differently to create unique and creative solutions.

World-renowned resources in business, science, technology, engineering, and design allow innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive at RIT. Your advantage is a rich entrepreneurial culture, with access to facilities such as the Simone Center for Student Innovation, The Construct makerspace, and RIT Venture Creations incubator. Teachers, industry mentors, an applied approach, and access to science, technology, engineering, and design resources prepare you to focus on entrepreneurial and innovation processes by which inventions and creative new ideas are brought to market.

Saunders College professors bring industry experience and include entrepreneurs, C-level executives, vice presidents, and leading scholars in disciplines like technology management. Our students benefit from small class sizes and dedicated faculty advisers that provide one-on-one guidance. As a graduate of the program, you will have a unique combination of technical and business expertise relevant to large incumbent firms and new startup ventures.

A Certified F-1 OPT STEM Program

International Students - F-1 STEM OPT 24-month work extension

International students receiving a graduate degree in this program qualify to apply for a 24-month work extension to their OPT (Optional Practical Training) period. This extension means that students could be eligible for up to three years of work in the United States.

The extension is exclusive to qualifying STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) focused programs. This program qualifies for an F-1 OPT STEM Extension in the 2012 STEM-Designated Degree Program List published by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. For more information please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) webpages: Understanding F-1 OPT Requirements and Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT).

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Visit our full list of in-demand graduate programs, including our Master of Business Administration (MBA)which is currently under review for STEM certification. With a Saunders MBA, you create your brand to achieve success by choosing elective courses across all nine RIT colleges to create your own areas of specialization.

Plan of study

The program requires students to complete 30 credit hours, offering two tracks to choose from. In the technology management track, students develop advanced product development and data analytics skills targeting organizational management and strategy needs. The technology entrepreneurship track develops skills in starting and managing new ventures utilizing research and marketing analytics to evaluate market options and build strategy. Each track consists of core courses and two electives in both data management and analytics and managerial skills categories.

Quick Admissions Decisions

Please review the degree-specific admissions requirements for this program, which provides applicants with an option to waive the GMAT or GRE and requires an essay.

For quick admissions decisions, determination for scholarship and financial aid, contacts and additional admissions information, please visit our admissions pages.

Program Director

"With the top-rated incubating and entrepreneurial culture at RIT, our MS TIME degree especially focuses on connecting students with the resources in business, science, technology, engineering and design disciplines found only at RIT. We aim to teach students to create values for their startups or entrepreneurial corporations through real-life business exposure and leveraging sources via our integrated global network, guided by faculty and industry mentors possessing successful entrepreneurship experiences."

Zhi Tang

Program Director and Professor
  • 10/22/2020
    The international business program at Saunders College of Business is designed to give students the knowledge to act with cultural understanding when facilitating business between international entities.
  • 10/19/2020
    RIT classes for spring semester will begin Jan. 25. The semester will also include three “recharge” days and one reading day prior to final exams. The last day of classes for spring semester will be Wednesday, May 5, with final exams running May 7-13. Commencement is scheduled for May 14-15.
  • 10/16/2020

    Saunders College of Business recognizes the accomplishments of its outstanding employees.

  • 10/16/2020
    Virtual reunions, interactive programs, talks, a 5K, e-Sports, and even Tiger Trivia are just some of the dozens of events slated for Tiger Alumni Week, beginning Monday for RIT alumni, students, families, faculty, and staff.
Saunders students have a 94% Outcome Rate 6-months after graduation

MS of Technology Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship