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Katherine Gardner
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 2:05pm
Saunders Graduate Students

Two Saunders Graduate Degrees Qualify to Apply

International students receiving a graduate degree in Computational Finance or Business Analytics from Saunders College of Business at RIT may now be able to work in the United States for up to 3 years post-graduation. Students qualify to apply for a 24-month STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) period extension after their initial 12-month STEM OPT period. This program enhances the previous 17-month STEM OPT extension.

The program extension provides international students with an opportunity to enhance their real-world experience. The increased time spent in the workforce supplements students’ graduate studies and positions them as competitive candidates in their field.

Master of Science in Computational Finance

A powerful master’s degree in computational finance at Rochester Institute of Technology, jointly offered by the College of Science and Saunders College of Business, helps you extend your skills into fields that are in great demand and feature high salaries. 

Computational Finance students go on to become quantitative analysts. They design and implement financial models used by banks and investment companies to generate profits and reduce risk. As computational analytics experts, they also support other industries and business functions that reach beyond banking and finance.

Master of Science in Business Analytics 

The master’s degree in business analytics delivers excellence at the intersection of business and technology by preparing you to manage the unprecedented amounts of data businesses are creating. 

Businesses collect an incredible amount of data from nearly every customer touch point, including point-of-sale transactions, social media feedback, search engine entries, sales data, demographic information, and more. Only a tiny portion of this data is analyzed. Be a catalyst. Turn this around. Increase sales, reach new customers, develop new products, and enhance the customer experience.

Are you an international student interested in one of these programs? Apply today and upon graduation become eligible for the F-1 Stem OPT 24-month work extension.


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.

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