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Rochester Institute of Technology, Saunders College of Business, Part Time MBA

Experience a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program unlike any other at Saunders College of Business. Saunders gives you the personalized attention you deserve, while tapping the resources of Rochester Institute of Technology that is #2 in producing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) graduates in the country. Saunders College of Business Graduate Programs at Rochester Institute of Technology feature an applied focus delivering real-world experiences in the classroom, on campus, and beyond. Employers value this approach as evidenced by our high placement rates. Our graduates help them excel, delivering immediate and enduring contributions DAY ONE, in many case even before they graduate. Saunders College of Business Part-Time MBA program shares the exact same characteristics of the Full-Time MBA Programs while offering the flexibility for working professionals need to pursue a graduate degree. Students may complete a Part-Time MBA in as little as 2.5 years taking a recommended 2 courses per term. Courses are offered in the evening, typically taking one weeknight. A selection of online courses is also available. Part-time students may take one to two courses per academic term, and if needed they have up to 7 years to complete their degree requirements.

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Program Type Online Executive Full Time Part Time
Tuition (Total) $38,688

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Rochester Institute of Technology Saunders College of Business Says

Experience a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program unlike any other at Saunders College of Business. Saunders gives you the personalized attention you deserve, while tapping the resources of Rochester Institute of Technology that is #2 in producing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) graduates in the country.

Saunders College of Business Graduate Programs at Rochester Institute of Technology feature an applied focus delivering real-world experiences in the classroom, on campus, and beyond. Employers value this approach as evidenced by our high placement rates. Our graduates help them excel, delivering immediate and enduring contributions DAY ONE, in many case even before they graduate.

Saunders College of Business Part-Time MBA program shares the exact same characteristics of the Full-Time MBA Programs while offering the flexibility for working professionals need to pursue a graduate degree.

Students may complete a Part-Time MBA in as little as 2.5 years taking a recommended 2 courses per term. Courses are offered in the evening, typically taking one weeknight. A selection of online courses is also available. Part-time students may take one to two courses per academic term, and if needed they have up to 7 years to complete their degree requirements.

Specializations Offered: Accounting, Analytic Finance, Business Analytics, Business Analytics Innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Data Analytics Innovation, Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Ethics / Social Responsibility, Finance, General Management, Global Management, Health Care Administration and Management, Information Systems / Information Technology, Innovation Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Manufacturing and Techonology Management, Marketing, New Venture Management, Operations Management, Quantitative Finance Global Business, Statistics and Operations Research, Sustainability, Technological Entrepreneurship
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

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N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)

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Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 58% accepted out of 256 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 26
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.34
  • Average Years Work Experience: 3
  • Application Fee: $60

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay

Also Considered: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Extracurricular Activities

Optional: Work Experience, Recommendations

Admission Information

To be considered for admission to RIT's graduate business programs, students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a GMAT score of 520 or higher. In addition to a student's academic record and test scores, RIT evaluates a student based on his or her letters of recommendation, resume, and personal statement. While many full-time students ...To be considered for admission to RIT's graduate business programs, students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a GMAT score of 520 or higher. In addition to a student's academic record and test scores, RIT evaluates a student based on his or her letters of recommendation, resume, and personal statement. While many full-time students join the program directly after undergraduate work, most part-time students have three to five years of professional experience before starting the program.

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School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 191
Percent International Students 43%
Total Full-Time Faculty 46
Full-Time Faculty 91%

Student Life

Part of a large, private, comprehensive university, Saunders College of Business offers a well-rounded student experience, which appeals to both part-time and full-time stu­dents. Here, “the facilities are good and campus activities are diversified,” and there are plenty of “great resources available”—including an “outstanding” gym. As you'd expect from a technical school, business students enjoy contemporary technology in the class­room and “have access to amazing equipment” to prepare their “group presentations.” In fact, “The whole campus has Wi-Fi, and you can even find plugs near picnic tables and other outdoor locations for your laptop!”On this large campus, students “come from about 20 different countries,” creating a “very diverse and global environment.” All totaled, you'll probably meet “more part-time, employed MBA students” than full-time students at RIT, though there are also plenty of recent graduates who are completing the MBA full-time. While they enthusias­tically participate in class, “It is hard for graduate students to be more involved due to the late night classes and other obligations.” Still, even these students acknowledge that “There are lots of opportunities on campus for fun and Rochester is a great place to live.” Among full-timers, “The students are friendly and very focused when it comes to school, but don't shy away from playing the occasional poker game now and then.”

Career

Serving the undergraduate and graduate community, RIT's Cooperative Education and Career Services offers robust career preparation services, including an executive-in-resi­dence program, mentorship program, online job resources, career fairs, and networking events. While the campus maintains a robust recruiting program, “the greatest weakness is the lack of opportunities for business majors at the career fairs.” Based on the school's strength in engineering, technology, and science, “Most of the companies at the career fair are looking to hire tech students with very few hiring management students.” As such, “The campus is still trying to get more interest from the business community to send companies here for new talent.” In recent years, full-time MBA candidates reported a median starting salary of more than $52,000, with a range between $30,000 and $90,000. They took jobs at Alstom Signaling, Bausch & Lomb, Carrier Corporation, Citibank, Coopers & Lybrand, Deloitte & Touche, Eastman Kodak, Global Crossing, Harris Corporation, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, M&T Bank, Merck & Company Inc., Paychex, Toyota, Unisys Corp., Wegmans, and Xerox.

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Students Say

Located in upstate New York, Rochester Institute of Technology is known for its academ­ic excellence in technology and applied science. Accordingly, RIT's MBA programs pro­vide a “great blend of management and technical education,” preparing students for the realities of the workplace through practical instruction, teamwork, and applied learning. Within the MBA curriculum, “Courses are updated frequently to allow for new events, technologies, and information.” (In recent years, “green sustainability is growing in importance,” as is entrepreneurship.) A major benefit of the program is the “the wide array of concentrations offered,” including such unique offerings as digital marketing, quality and applied statistics, and environmentally sustainable management—as well as more traditional business fields like accounting and supply chain management. In addi­tion to established concentrations, students can tailor their education through elective courses in other RIT departments, like public policy or web programming. The MBA can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, with classes offered in the daytime and the evening, as well as online. Course work is “fast-paced” and challeng­ing, yet students like the school's academic calendar, saying the “quarter system is great because it keeps things moving at a fast pace.” Despite the “vigorous schedule,” “Professors are extremely flexible if students need to miss class for work.” On that note, most RIT instructors “know students' names and take interest in the students' personal lives.” With an average class size of just 25 students, “Professors go out of their way to be sure concepts are well understood and topics are relevant and beneficial to us.” Even in the classroom, RIT emphasizes practical skills, and most professors “have significant corporate experience and tie it well with the academics to offer an enriched experience.” In fact, many RIT instructors “still work as consultants for major companies.” Students who received an undergraduate business degree from RIT can “waive some classes” in the MBA program, or, if they are currently enrolled, complete a BS and MBA through on accelerated five-year schedule. Taking advantage of this attractive opportu­nity, many “students seem to come directly from undergrad,” though “Each class tends to have at least some students who have been in the workplace.” Furthermore, RIT undergraduates “are required to have a good deal of co-op (internship) experience before they graduate (usually between six months to one year or more.)” For those who want to build on their real-world credentials, RIT offers plenty of “hands-on, experiential, prac­tical learning” experiences. Here, students can participate in optional internships or co­op work experiences, business plan and case competitions, and team-based projects both on and off campus. Among other offerings, the school's “Innovation Center is a new-business incubator, and they are always asking for the business students to come and consult for them.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Technology Management Center

    Institute for Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://saunders.rit.edu/students/clubs.php http://www.rit.edu/~w-iss/

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://campuslife.rit.edu/GLBT/

    http://campuslife.rit.edu/GLBT/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://saunders.rit.edu/students/clubs.php

  • Research Facilities:

    Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Technology Management Center

    Institute for Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Women Support Groups:

    http://saunders.rit.edu/students/clubs.php http://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/womenandgender/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Rochester Institute of Technology Saunders College of Business include:

Kathleen A. McNulty - Sr. VP and CIO, Schwan Food

Frank S. Sklarsky - EVP and CFO, Tyco International Ltd.

Donald James Truesdale - Partner, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Sean R.H. Bratches - EVP, Sales and Marketing, ESPN

James Richard Salzano - President, Clarks Companies North America

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $40,000

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Epic Systems, Pricewaterhouse Cooper, Wegmans, Bausch and Lomb, Garlock Sealing Technoloogy

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Finance / Accounting 34% $57,777
Financial Services 24% $52,571
Marketing / Sales 18% $52,400
Information Technology 17% $50,167
General Management 17% $45,875
Operations / Logistics 7% $43,833

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 40%
Three Month Employment 73%
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