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12 Months, 30 Credits

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.

The one year (12 months) program delivers Core Courses designed to help you gain a foundation in business while allowing you to specialize with any one of several in-demand career Tracks. A highlight of the program is the Capstone Project delivering experience where your work with real-world clients.

Specialized Tracks

In-demand career tracks include:

Core Courses

Regardless of which track you choose; the following core courses provide a solid foundation in management principles.

MGMT-740: 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.

MGMT-735: Managing 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)

MGMT-755: Negotiation

This course is designed to teach the art and science of negotiation so that one can negotiate successfully in a variety of settings, within one's day-to-day experiences and, especially, within the broad spectrum of negotiation problems faced by managers and other professionals. Individual class sessions will explore the many ways that people think about and practice negotiation skills and strategies in a variety of contexts.

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.

Additional Curriculum Resources

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.