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Abi Van Nostrand
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 12:54pm
T-shaped professional

Saunders College of Business is #1 in Western NY, ranking #62 nationally for undergraduate business programs in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings, moving up two places from last year. 

What is a "Good Leader"?

Saunders knows it can be difficult for businesses to find suitable managers, which is why we make a point to educate some of the best. With a strong focus on technology and multi-disciplinary studies, the Saunders management program prepares you to be able to confidently guide and help employees through critical problems in any field. 

Becoming a 'T-Shaped' Manager

Management is not an easy field. Saunders educates 'T-shaped' leaders- leaders who have a deep disciplinary knowledge of the professional and personal skills that transcend disciplines. You go in depth on design thinking, working in cross-cultural teams to develop communication skills. As a management student you take courses that develop important skills relevant to managing processes and leading people, in addition to the Saunders business core courses to ensure a wide breadth of business knowledge. On top of all of that, you are given the chance to declare a 3-course liberal arts-based immersion and a 5-course minor in any of RIT's nine colleges

All Saunders students get real-world, hands-on experience as a part of one of the oldest and largest cooperative education programs in the world. Co-op experience ensures that you are ahead of the curve upon graduation, ready to step directly into the workplace. Management student Ty Clauss explains, "The work experience Saunders students gain is a huge advantage. Co-ops are also a great way to test-drive different jobs so you can find one that you are both good at and find interesting." To prepare you further, Saunders provides an applied curriculum classroom experience, designed with the help of our Saunders Management Advisory Board. This board is comprised of professionals that are on the frontlines of the industry. 

Right Place, Right Time 

For management students, RIT is the epitome of "right place, right time". There are countless opportunities at RIT to get involved with high-tech business projects and to practice management skills. From Imagine RIT, to the Innovation Center, to Tiger Tank- the possibilities are endless. Saunders also offers a variety of business related groups and activities to get involved with during your time here, including management club

Are you ready to become a confident, highly efficient and strategic manager? Check out the Saunders management program

Quick Facts:


Saunders College of Business is one of nine colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Recognized and ranked internationally, Saunders is home to over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs across RIT Global Campuses in Rochester, New York, Croatia, Dubai, Kosovo and China. Saunders College works in partnership with RIT’s entrepreneurial Venture Creations incubator and top ranked Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to integrate business education with RIT’s world-leading technical and creative programs. With nearly 19,000 alumni worldwide, Saunders College offers undergraduate (BS), Masters (MS), Masters of Business Administration (MBA), and Executive MBA (EMBA) programs where students gain real-world business experiences through a tradition of applied learning, internships and capstone programs.