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Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: December 24, 2018.

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Business Ready, Day One

Instant access to information, big data, social media, and the global economy are forcing companies to be creative and innovate to succeed. As part of a university that blends business, technology, science, design, and liberal arts, Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology offers opportunities rarely found in other business colleges.

To succeed in business, you’ll need to be a team player, think creatively, be strategic, and understand how to build sustainable enterprises. A global perspective, a diverse offering of graduate courses found at RIT, and real-world experiences found at Saunders College of Business prepare graduates to be successful and hit the ground running Day One upon graduation.

Why Saunders

With a vision to be the first choice for enterprising students and creative enterprises, Saunders College of Business attracts students who possess a curiosity that drives them and who place a premium on entrepreneurial thinking and innovative solutions.

At Saunders, students come first. They get an innovative edge and access to the vast resources in business, technology, and design that can only be found at Rochester Institute of Technology. Graduate students utilize concentrations and electives that allow them to customize their experience through an expansive and powerful offering of RIT graduate courses, business students share classrooms with artists, designers, engineers, and computer scientists. This gives Saunders graduates the ability to differentiate themselves successfully, within a crowded job market.

Plus, with strong corporate connections built through a strong tradition of cooperative education, Saunders delivers an applied curriculum that prepares students to be career-ready upon graduation. The result–a perfect match for employers and a 96% placement rate.

DAY ONE: career ready

Strong industry connections allow Saunders to offer programs and courses that are relevant to today’s business needs. Capstone projects conducted for real businesses, Saunders Student Consulting, résumé building objectives, and an applied focus help deliver solutions to businesses and provide real-world experiences for students. Backed by one of the oldest and largest cooperative educational programs in the world, Saunders graduates experience 96% placement rates.

DAY ONE: enterprising mindset

Businesses value entrepreneurial thinking and innovation more than ever before. Saunders faculty teach nationally recognized programs – such as Entrepreneurship, ranked #21 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek 2013 – while offering unique programming. Plus with RIT resources such as the #1 student innovation center in the nation, Venture Creations Incubator, Saunders Student Consulting, and over 200 clubs to join, a strong enterprising culture exists outside the classroom.

DAY ONE: stand out

Saunders College of Business attracts enterprising students who are able to explore their passions and curiosity, applying business concepts to their personal interests. By using an elective, minor, or concentration, students complement their business education through course offerings at any of the 9 RIT colleges that are nationally recognized in technology, arts, and design. This allows students to develop a unique personal brand that stands out in the job market upon graduation, while creating tomorrow’s businesses and careers.

DAY ONE: connected

By design, Saunders is built to give students the attention and guidance they need throughout their program. The largest classroom at Saunders seats only 40 students, guaranteeing small class sizes. And, with low student-to-faculty ratios, our faculty is highly accessible and committed to the personal success of each student. Plus, all classes are taught by faculty members, while each student gets a dedicated team of advisors including: academic, career, financial aid, and a faculty advisor.

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). Enrolling more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Saunders College works in partnership with RIT’s entrepreneurial Venture Creations incubator and #1 ranked Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship to integrate business education with RIT’s world-leading technical and creative programs. Saunders College offers seven undergraduate, three MS, two Executive MBA, and five MBA programs where students gain real-world business experiences in the classroom and through co-ops.

Contact Information

105 Lomb Memorial Drive,
Rochester, NY 14623
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From Simon

Simon offers a rigorously quantitative, economics-based approach to decision-making in one of the most diverse student communities of any business school in America. Our degree programs inspire a new level of clarity: about how analytical frameworks drive success in business; about what it takes to collaborate and manage in the contemporary, global workplace; and about professional growth and goals.

Simon is the only business school in the US with a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)-designated option for each of its full-time MBA specializations. A STEM-designated MBA can help you stand out in the job market and gives international students the ability to extend their Optional Practical Training (OPT) for an additional 24 months, for a total of three years of US work eligibility without H1B sponsorship.

Recruiters are consistently impressed with Simon students’ command of a variety of analytical tools and their ability to bring a strategic mindset to the problem at hand. The Full-Time MBA Class of 2018 had 93 percent of students accept job offers within three months post graduation. Average overall compensation package (salary plus bonus) was $122,000, up $6,000 from the previous year. Simon students were hired by leading employers including Amazon, Accenture, Barclays, Citigroup, Deloitte, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, PwC, and UBS.

Helping you achieve your desired career outcomes is our newly launched Integrated Student Experience (ISE). One of the most cohesive, career-focused student experiences of any MBA program, Simon’s ISE closely links your coursework, co-curricular activities, and career search to ensure you are market-ready for your internship and full-time job.

The Simon student community is small by design and intentional in its inclusiveness. In fact, Simon has one of the most diverse MBA programs of all the top business schools. An extraordinary array of perspectives is always close by. Students push one another to listen in new ways and turn differences into a competitive edge; you’ll enter the workforce ready to lead the kind of cross-functional, multicultural teams that define today’s successful organizations.


Simon Distinctions:

  • The only business school with a STEM-designated option for each of its MBA specializations
  • The first business school to offer a specialized pricing track within the MBA program
  • 3 for ROI, based on percentage increase on pre-MBA salary, among US business schools (The Economist, 2018)
  • 19 in the US for finance (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)
  • 13 for placement three months post-graduation among ranked business schools (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)
  • 17 among the nation’s top 25 graduate schools for entrepreneurial studies (The Princeton Review, 2018)
  • 13 among US MBA programs for women (Financial Times, 2018)
  • 9 among US MBA programs for entrepreneurship (Financial Times, 2018)
  • 25 among US MBA programs for finance (Financial Times, 2018)

Academic Experience

Full-Time MBA

Simon is known for our strong reputation for quantitative work. Our Full-Time MBA program shows you how to use data to formulate better insights and get buy-in for your ideas, and our emphasis on analytical thinking and economics gives a new perspective on the role of data.

Newly launched for fall 2019, Simon’s Full-Time MBA curriculum allows you to take more electives in the first year, and take them earlier in your program of study; travel through your curricular experience with a cohort of students with similar career interests; and enrich your studies by choosing breadth electives designed to bolster professional skills employers desire. At the heart of Simon’s curriculum is the core: nine required courses, a Communicating Business Decisions sequence, and a client project aligned with your future career interests, which together act as the foundation for the rest of your education.

You can sharpen your career goals and take a deep dive in an area of study by choosing a specialization. Arranged into three tracks—Marketing, Consulting, and Finance—Simon’s 10 specializations allow you to customize your MBA experience by building a skill set tailored to the field you plan to pursue. Available specializations include:

  • Asset Management
  • Banking
  • Brand Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Operations
  • Pricing
  • Product Management
  • Strategy
  • Technology
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity

You can broaden your studies by choosing one or more minors, designed to provide a deeper understanding in six key areas—Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Global Business, Analytics, Health Sciences Management, and Leadership.

To ensure every Simon MBA enters the workforce positioned to make an immediate impact, students must take at least two breadth electives, courses focused on professional skills such as leadership, business ethics, negotiation, and organizational behavior. You can further hone your communication, teamwork, and leadership skills via the Simon EDGE program, a comprehensive professional skill-building and competency-development curricular and co-curricular program that augments the technical skills you’ll acquire in the classroom with high-impact personal development experiences throughout your MBA program.

Part-Time MBA Program Options

Professional MBA (PMBA)

Simon’s PMBA is designed for professionals seeking a part-time, evening program, allowing for the flexibility to work while completing the degree. The program, which can be completed in as few as 2.5 years, includes nine core courses in a class cohort system, with a choice of 11 required electives to complete your desired specialization or minor(s). Professional MBA students can also choose from numerous areas of concentration to specialize their education. There are two entrance dates, March or August, and there is an opportunity for students to take non-matriculated courses beginning each quarter.

Executive MBA Program (EMBA)

The EMBA program offers candidates the same curriculum, resources, and faculty as the full-time program without career interruption. Classes meet every other Saturday, and one Friday per month. Collaboration technology allows students to attend the second Saturday online, as needed. As a result, students have the option to attend on campus one weekend per month. Simon also offers an EMBA program in Bern, Switzerland. The program is completed in 22 months.


Other Programs

MS Programs

Simon’s full-time master of science programs include MS in Accountancy, MS in Finance (ranked no.  5 in the US by Financial Times), MS in Marketing Analytics, and MS Business Analytics. Each of these MS programs is STEM-designated, and can be completed in either a 10-month study track or an expanded 17-month track that includes an internship. Simon also offers a part-time MS program in Medical Management.

Other Programs

Simon offers the MD/MBA in conjunction with the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as the Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) program with the University’s Hajim School of Engineering and Center for Entrepreneurship.