Katherine Gardner
Friday, January 11, 2019 - 10:44am
Graduate Students

RIT Students applying to Saunders College of Business graduate programs may now be qualified to waive the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test score requirement. This new policy has been put into effect to encourage students that excelled in their undergraduate career to continue their education in business.

Applicants may be eligible if they meet any of the following requirements:

  • The applicant is enrolled in (with a minimum of 90 credit hours), or has graduated from an undergraduate program at RIT with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or greater. (Note: MS Computational Finance and MS Business Analytics prefer undergraduate quant programs).
  • For the MBA in Accounting; and Master of Science programs in Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship and Innovative Ventures, and Management: applicants with six or more years related work experience.
  • The applicant has completed a doctorate, professional, or terminal graduate degree program from an AACSB-accredited or equivalent university and maintained a GPA of 3.25 or greater in that graduate program.
  • Executive Education program applicants are not required to submit GMAT scores due to minimum work experience requirements and are not required to submit a GMAT / GRE Waiver.

Applicants interested in requesting a waiver to the GMAT/GRE requirement should submit a letter articulating the basis(-es) upon which the applicant believes the waiver should be granted. Final determination of the GMAT/GRE waiver will be at the discretion of each graduate program director.

Please note that GMAT/GRE waivers will not be awarded automatically.

Why choose Saunders?

Discover why so many others are choosing Saunders graduate programs to advance their careers and boost their lifetime earnings:

Career Oriented

Saunders College has an Industry Advisory Boards that represent the experience and leadership of our corporate partnerships. They are a vital resource, providing the input and feedback needed to ensure business programs are delivering the skills and knowledge needed for companies to get ahead of their competition. Students also have access to the Career Services and Cooperative Education Office that places more than 4,500 students in more than 6,200 positions, with nearly 2,200 employers annually. Along with these resources, they can tap into a worldwide network of nearly 125,000 RIT and 19,000 Saunders alumni.

Financial Aid

Graduate scholarship and financial aid options at Saunders College can help you earn your degree at a lower cost. Just last year, RIT provided more than $24 million in financial support to approximately 2,600 graduate students.

Invest in Your Future

An MBA is your key to a lifetime of higher earning. Check out the return on investment in BusinessBecause.com's article The Average MBA Will Increase Their Salary By 77% After Graduation.

94% Outcomes Rate

Our faculty get to know you by name and care about your career success. You get the attention you deserve and the skills you seek to allow you to be ready day-one. Employers take notice, as evidenced by our 94% outcomes rate.


When applying, students will receive a quick admissions decision with a scholarship decision upon acceptance. By applying early, you will secure placement before spots fill and obtain best scholarship consideration. However, Saunders College offers a rolling admission with no application deadline where students are able to finish their program in as little as 12 months, starting as full- or part-time every fall, spring and summer semester.

For more information on GMAT/GRE waivers and the application process, visit our admissions requirements page.

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.