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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: Global Management & Supply Chain Management; Product and Service Development; Leadership; and Flexible Track. Please click on each track from more curriculum details.

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.

Curriculum

Management (global management and supply chain management track), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
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.
3
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)
3
MGMT-755
Negotiations
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.
3
INTB-710
Global Business Opportunities and Threats
This course is designed to keep students informed of the current trends of global business, develop students with the necessary theoretical foundations and analytical skills to compete in the global environment, and equip students with the knowledge base to take advantage of global opportunities and avoid risks in international business. Subject areas include how to discover opportunities and analyze risks in international trade, foreign investment, foreign exchange, and regional integrations.
3
DECS-743
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Study of the management of operations and supply chain management. Encompasses both manufacturing and services. Topics include operations and supply chain strategy, ethical behavior, forecasting; work systems, inventory management, capacity and materials planning, lean operation, supply chain design and closed-loop supply chains, global operations, quality management, quality control, and quality improvement, project management; and current issues.
3
INTB-780
Global Issues and Strategies
This course will focus on contemporary international and global business issues, such as governance, outsourcing and offshoring, role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), etc. It will emphasize faculty-directed student research projects.
3
MGMT-791
Graduate Project or Business Elective†
This course is used to fulfill the graduate project requirement for the MS degree in management. The candidate must obtain approval from an appropriate faculty member to supervise the paper before registering for this course. A corporate-oriented research project designed by the candidate and his or her advisor to explore a salient management-related issue.
3
 
Seminar in Ethics/Corporate Responsibility*
0
 
Track Elective
3
   
Business Elective
3
 
Free Elective
3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Management, MS degree, (leadership track), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
 
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.
3
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)
3
MGMT-755
Negotiations
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.
3
MGMT-741
Managing Organizational Change
This course addresses the importance of organizational change in maintaining a flexible, dynamic, and responsive organization, by examining various theories and approaches currently used to assist organizations in achieving planned change. The role of the leader in achieving organizational change is emphasized. The features of successful change in organizations will be discussed, including the structural, motivational, interpersonal, and social aspects of organizational change.
3
MGMT-763
Behavioral Skills for Managers and Professionals
This course provides the opportunity to develop individual and interpersonal skills that enhance managerial performance in today's high-performance organization. Each student will perform in each of the major skill dimensions, and will be given evaluative feedback and the opportunity to incorporate the implications of that feedback into additional performance opportunities. Course participants are also provided with the opportunity to assess their career work preferences and to compare them with the performance expectations of managerial positions. The management styles of each participant are assessed, and the impact is clarified of the behaviors that flow from each style on the perceptions and performance of others in the organization. (No prerequisite for MS in Manufacturing Leadership students.)
3
MGMT-791
Graduate Project or Business Elective†
This course is used to fulfill the graduate project requirement for the MS degree in management. The candidate must obtain approval from an appropriate faculty member to supervise the paper before registering for this course. A corporate-oriented research project designed by the candidate and his or her advisor to explore a salient management-related issue.
3
 
Seminar in Ethics/Corporate Responsibility*
0
 
Track Elective
3
 
Business Elective
3
 
Free Electives
6
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

* May be waived if student has already completed an ethics/corporate social responsibility course.
† Students must complete a graduate project or a comprehensive exam plus an additional business elective.

Management, MS degree, (product and service development track), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
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.
3
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)
3
MGMT-755
Negotiations
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.
3
MGMT-720
Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
This course studies the process of creating new ventures with an emphasis on understanding the role of the entrepreneur in identifying opportunities, seeking capital and other resources, and managing the formation and growth of a new venture.
3
MGMT-743
Advanced Topics in Technology Management
This course is the advanced treatment of topics introduced in the core course offering, MGMT 735. It reviews topics introduced in the core such as disruptive technology and adds significant new content on such topics as user innovation and organizational ambidexterity. Successful completion will prepare students for leadership and significant contributions as group members for any new technology development project.
3
MGMT-791
Graduate Project or Business Elective†
This course is used to fulfill the graduate project requirement for the MS degree in management. The candidate must obtain approval from an appropriate faculty member to supervise the paper before registering for this course. A corporate-oriented research project designed by the candidate and his or her advisor to explore a salient management-related issue.
3
 
Seminar in Ethics/Corporate Responsibility*
0
 
Business Elective
3
 
Free Electives
3
 
Track Electives
6
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

* May be waived if student has already completed an ethics/corporate social responsibility course.
† Students must complete a graduate project or a comprehensive exam plus an additional business elective.

Management, MS degree, (flexible option track), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
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.
3
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)
3
MGMT-755
Negotiations
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.
3
 
Seminar in Ethics/Corporate Social Responsibility*
0
DECS-744
Project Management
A study in the principles of project management and the application of various tools and techniques for project planning and control. This course focuses on the leadership role of the project manager, and the roles and responsibilities of the team members. Considerable emphasis is placed on statements of work and work breakdown structures. The course uses a combination of lecture/discussion, group exercises, and case studies.
3
Choose one of the following: 3
   MGIS-650
   Introduction to Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
 
   MGIS-735
   Design and Information Systems
 
Choose one of the following: 3
   ACCT-603
   Accounting for Decision Makers
 
   FINC-758
   Seminar in Finance
 
Choose one of the following: 3
   MGMT-791
   Graduate Project
 
 
   Comprehensive Exam, Business Elective
 
 
Free Electives
9
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

* May be waived if student has already completed an ethics/corporate social responsibility course.
† Students must complete a graduate project or a comprehensive exam plus an additional business elective.