Rochester Institute of Technology Saunders College of Business

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The top-ranking systems in the nation have recently mentioned many of the Saunders business programs. A few of these accolades include #8 in the Top 25 Online MBA Programs with the Princeton Review, #1 in Best Undergraduate Business Programs in Western New York by U.S. News and World Report, and #36 on Eduniversal’s Best Master’s and MBA Programs ranking. In addition to high recognitions, the Saunders College of Business is also accredited by the AACSB for their business programs and FSA for accounting. These accreditations reflect the College’s commitment to providing students with the highest quality education possible.


Along with earning their degree, students of the Saunders College of Business can earn credits while participating in one of the largest and most established co-op programs in the United States. Nearly 4,500 students are placed with over 2,000 employer partners each and every year. This work/study experience provides students with invaluable real-world knowledge that can only be obtained outside of the classroom. The degree offerings at Saunders have many other experiential learning components and include majors such as Finance, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management. Graduate students can earn an MBA or a Master’s of Science. There are four MBA options, and those wishing to acquire an M.S. have nine focus areas to choose from.

Student Life

The Saunders College of Business knows that student learning takes place both in and out of the classroom. There are many clubs and student organizations, specifically for Saunders students. A few of the offerings are Graduate Student Advisory Council, Next Generation of Accountants, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Women in Business. Within the over 1,000 students enrolled with Saunders COB, there are at least 45 countries represented. This diversity encourages cultural awareness and promotes learning with a broader global perspective. Women are also highly represented at Saunders. In fact, RIT was the first University with a female dean of a College of Business in the nation. A few of the programs available specifically to support women include Power Your Potential-an annual women’s conference, Women Leading Business Event, the Center for Women and Gender, and a Women’s Gender Studies program.

Online Programs

The Executive MBA at Rochester Institute of Technology is a 100% online program that includes a seven to ten-day international seminar at the end of the program. The degree is designed with mid to upper-level professionals in mind and can be completed in four semesters over 17 months. Students can choose to begin with their cohort in either August or January. The cohort format promotes collaboration and allows students to work together in teams for assignments throughout the course of their program. Outside of a three-day orientation and the international seminar, there are no in-person requirements. However, the teamwork focus creates a close-knit community that mimics that of a traditional on-campus class.

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