Rochester Institute of Technology (Saunders) MBA


  • AACSB Accredited
  • 100% Online
  • The Online Executive MBA program is designed for mid-to-upper level professionals wishing to hone their business and leadership skills in order to enhance their performance, assume greater responsibilities, and effectively position themselves for future opportunities.


  • The Online EMBA program is a 17-month 4-semester program with two starts each year. Students who start in late August will finish in December of the following year; students who start in January will finish in May of the following year.
  • The Online EMBA program is a cohort-based program, which means that all students enter the program at the same time, take the same classes, and move through the program with their initial cohort.
  • Some courses will be taken with another cohort (i.e., dual-cohort). Students are assigned to teams at the start of the program and will remain with their team for the duration of the program.
  • All students must attend a 3-day on-campus orientation session prior to the start of classes.
  • Students take two courses every six weeks. The curriculum is identical to the on-campus program with many of the same faculty teaching in both formats. Classes are delivered via weekly synchronous sessions offering high-quality video and audio functionality for optimal interaction. All sessions are recorded for later viewing in the event that students are traveling or otherwise unable to attend. In addition to the primary instructor, most online courses also provide a secondary instructor, who hosts a second online session should students wish an additional touch point each week. Beyond these structured sessions, faculty are available in all the usual ways: email, phone, etc.
  • The 24 courses are evenly distributed across the four semesters, with some modification over the shorter summer semester.

Course Delivery

  • All course materials, including textbooks, cases, articles, and simulations are provided digitally along with an electronic tablet and any applications required to access the materials.
  • International Seminar: All students are required to attend the international seminar, which is a 8-to-10 day business and cultural educational trip near the end of the program. All arrangements are made by RIT, and airfare and lodging are provided by the program


  • The cost of the program for the class entering in 2020 is $78,000.


  • Approximately one half of RIT’s Executive MBA students receive employer sponsorship. However, Saunders College of Business provides scholarships for qualified applicants based on merit, need, and commitment.

Admission Requirements

  • RIT’s Executive MBA is designed for experienced business professionals who want to strengthen their skills and become leaders in the global marketplace.
  • Satisfying the admissions requirements means students have the foundation, experience, and skills necessary to succeed in this rigorous and accelerated degree program. Student are also assured that their fellow students, with whom will network and collaborate, are also talented and driven individuals who can significantly contribute to your EMBA experience.
  • The application review is a holistic process where we carefully consider all elements of the application and the candidate interview. En-place a greater emphasis on career experience, along with considering undergraduate performance, résumé, and recommendations.
  • RIT’s Executive MBA program does not require GMAT/GRE.

Application Deadline

  • Application deadlines for the fall and spring semesters are July 1st and December 1st respectively, but students are encouraged to apply early to secure spot in the program.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application for admission (application fee waived for RIT alumni and veterans)
  • Official transcripts of academic record
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references, one of which should be from a direct supervisor
  • Current résumé detailing all work experience
  • Personal statement

US News and World Report Ranking

  • #28 in Best Online MBA Programs
  • #260-#345 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #132-#174 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #45-#58 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs
  • #74-#94 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs

Acceptance Rate

  • 31%