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Changing Your Major to a Business Program

Saunders students and non-Saunders students have the option to complete a Change of Program in order to complete a business degree. See below for the specific requirements to start the process.

Saunders College Students

Current Saunders students who want to change their major must first speak with their academic advisor. Change of programs can be within Saunders College, or to another RIT college. Access your Starfish Homepage and request a meeting with your advisor.

Non-Saunders Students

If you are interested in switching to a business major from another RIT degree program, you must meet with your current academic advisor, then schedule a meeting with Lisa Boice, Assistant Dean of Student Services.

Change of Program Requirements for Acceptance

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 preferred in courses relevant to Saunders degree, with no grades of D, F, Withdraw or Incomplete.
  • Demonstration of adequate quantitative skills, receiving a grade of C or better in one or more of the following math courses:
    • MATH 161 Applied Calculus or Calculus A, B; or STAT 145, 146 Introduction to Statistics I & II
  • Demonstration of adequate communications skills (a grade of C or better):
    • UWRT 150 or ENGL 150 Writing Seminar
    • Artistic or Ethical Reasoning Liberal Arts Perspective or Communications courses
  • Demonstration of adequate business skills, (a grade of C or better) in one or more of the following courses:
    • MGMT 150 World of Business
    • ACCT 110 Financial Accounting
    • INTB 225 Global Business Environment
  • Suggested courses:
    • ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics and ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
    • MKTG 230 Principles of Marketing or MGMT 215 Organization Behavior
    • Liberal Arts core course

Saunders College of Business reserves the right to deny a change of program application based on the above criteria, academic standing or students’ demonstrated ability to complete the program requirements.  Please note that it may take two terms or more before a decision is made regarding acceptance into a business program.