Business Administration–Executive MBA

Course Description

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The executive MBA is an integrated, 15-month, cohort-based program designed to develop future leaders and general managers in organizations serious about improving customer satisfaction, product quality, and organizational success.

A team of faculty and executives from all sectors of business and industry designed the program for professionals with substantial career experience. Through the use of practical approaches to improving business results and increasing personal productivity, participants will:

- strengthen their leadership and interactive skills by collaborating with teams of professional peers and faculty;

- develop strategic perspectives consistent with the needs of customers, stockholders, employees, the community, and other organizational stakeholders;

- apply cross-functional approaches to enhance their analytical and decision-making capabilities; and

- obtain a solid foundation in the functional areas of business.

Students must have a minimum of six years of professional work experience. Participants work in teams, studying a curriculum that focuses on developing general management skills with a strategic focus. The program is structured in an interactive fashion, with an emphasis on cross-functional integration.

Plan of study

The program consists of 15 months of alternating weekends (all day Fridays and Saturdays), a one-week on-campus session, and a one-week international study trip.

The curriculum focuses on core business concepts, providing fundamental skills, knowledge, and perspectives in accounting, statistics, leadership, finance, and economics. The program develops skills in cross-functional analysis with an emphasis on strategy, marketing, technology, and international business. Interdisciplinary examples, case analyses, and an applied orientation are key components of the program.

The program features practical experience obtained through capstone consulting projects; ongoing support for career-oriented skills such as career development planning, communications, and team building; the application of a cross-functional business simulation model; and a week-long international business trip.

Additional information

- Sponsorship

Employers sponsoring students must permit candidates to attend scheduled classes, the on-campus session, and the international trip. The program's week-long session occurs in the summer, and the international trip takes place in the student’s final semester. Business owners or individuals may sponsor themselves.


- First Year

Team Building and Ethics (August)
Accounting and Organizational Goals
Managerial Accounting
Statistical Analysis for Managers
Leadership Development I
Microeconomics and Pricing
Valuation and Capital Budgeting
Financial Planning and Analysis
Power and Influence
Marketing Strategy
Strategic Thinking I
Strategic Thinking II
Business Simulation (summer)
Systems Support for Operations (summer)
Capstone Consulting Project I (summer)
Managing Technology, Innovation and Research (summer)
Leadership Development II (summer)
Managing New Product Commercialization (summer)

- Second Year

International Business
International Study Seminar
International Finance
Executive Leadership
Capstone Consulting Project II

Visit the Business Administration–Executive MBA page on the Rochester Institute of Technology USA web site for more details!

(Student Profile)

Harshitha Nanjundappa

Harshitha Nanjundappa, an Electrical Engineering MS graduate (May 2018) leveraged her research projects and work at Intel into a full-time job offer.

“My co-op placement transitioned to a full-time job. When I left the co-op my manager did not want me to search for other jobs. He made sure I received my full-time offer letter before I completed the co-op. Rochester will always be an amazing chapter in my life.”

Harshitha Nanjundappa
Bangalore, India
MS Electrical Engineering
Platform Power Delivery Engineering, Intel, Oregon, USA

(Student Profile)

Qian Yang

Qian Yang of China is a graduate of RIT's Print Media MS program - a program that teaches business, technology, and processes in graphic communications.

Qian writes the following about her experience in the program and at RIT:

“I was admitted to a bunch of graduate programs, but I found that RIT's Print Media program was not only a well-designed curriculum, it was also a team of teachers drawn from experts in different industries. They could share incredible resources and experience with students. At RIT, I got to know a lot of talented people who had a lot of good qualities: they were kind, creative and always passionate about their research. The Cary Graphic Arts Center in the library - for those who like graphics communication - is definitely a rare treasure. Two years of graduate student experience gave me an important inspiration and opened the door to an appreciation for printing and graphic arts - and even the beauty of the digital world. Although I have learned professional knowledge from the classroom, RIT gave me the opportunity to learn how to do research and skills. No matter what area I work in the future, this ability to carry out my research will benefit me a lot.”

(Student Profile)

Sai Ashwin Parakkal

Sai Ashwin Parakkal of India is an MS Computer Science student who will graduate this year. Sai completed a Summer internship with Kodak Alaris in Fall, 2016, and then had an amazing experience working for Amazon’s New York City operation in the Spring & Summer of 2017. He was offered a permanent position with Amazon upon completion of his degree.

Of his decision to attend RIT and his experience here, Sai writes,

"The reasons I chose RIT are three-fold; first would be its strong alumni relations with strong industrial presence, the second was a wide range of on-campus jobs, and finally the wonderful co-op program which is not available in most other universities. With the help of RIT's career fair I landed a summer internship at Kodak Alaris. With that experience under my belt, I then started a co-op job with Amazon in New York City. The work culture there was amazing. I was given problem statement to solve and all of the experience that I had gained was useful in this setup and I was able to end my co-op with an offer from Amazon for full-time employment upon my graduation. RIT provides you with everything you need. There are people to guide you and you can utilize this for your own benefit. The academic strength of RIT, coupled with the many career services offered by RIT, directs you toward success.”


Graduate Merit Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Graduate scholarships and assistantships are awarded based on merit - the strength of an applicant's qualifications as compared to those of other applicants for the same program. Scholarships award amounts generally range from 5-60% of tuition.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5-60% of tuition


All applicants for on-campus graduate study are eligible. Awards are made once an admission decision is made and applicants are notified of scholarship awards at the same time they receive an offer of admission.

Application Procedure

No separate application is required. Answer two Yes/No questions on the application for admission.

Further Information

Entry Requirements

Have a minimum of six years of professional work experience, Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university,Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, Participate in an interview with a representative of the executive MBA team, and Complete a graduate application. International applicants, whose native language is not English, must submit the scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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