Online Executive MBA


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Program Description

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The online executive MBA is designed for mid-to-upper level professionals seeking to hone their business and leadership skills in order to enhance their performance, assume greater responsibilities, and effectively position themselves for future opportunities. The flexibility of the online format cultivates collaboration yet allows for distance learning. At RIT, we know that executives want more than a simple transfer of business and management theory and concepts. They want a high level of engagement with faculty and especially with their peers. They want the opportunity to discuss, argue, compete, and collaborate with other seasoned managers on strategic and topical issues and projects. These are the essential features of the online executive MBA, and one that has direct and immediate applicability to their own professional development.

The executive MBA is a challenging cohort-based program designed to accelerate the careers of mature, high-performing professionals with significant business experience. It is ideal for creative, innovative individuals with established careers who are looking for proven and effective methods and strategies to propel them further up the career ladder. Students master executive skills such as strategic and cross-functional thinking, client consulting, and leadership. They learn from knowledgeable and professional instructors and from the successful, motivated, diverse peer group enrolled in the program. The curriculum encourages analytical thinking and problem solving and places a strong emphasis on collaboration and group interaction. Students leave the program with a solid network of influential peers.

Plan of study

The curriculum focuses on core business concepts, providing fundamental skills, knowledge, and perspectives in accounting, statistics, leadership, finance, negotiations, 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. Students attend classes for 15 months on alternate weekends (all day Friday and Saturday). In addition, all students attend a three-day orientation at the start of the program and a seven-to-10-day international study trip in their last semester. There is one online course each semester.

The program reinforces practical experience through domestic and international client consulting projects; personal coaching in career development planning, communications, and team building; a competitive business simulation model; and an international study trip.


  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Food and Beverage
  • Higher Education


Online Executive MBA degree, typical course sequence


  • MGMT-806 Team Building and Ethics


  • ACCT-801 Accounting and Organizational Goals
  • ACCT-802 Managerial Accounting
  • DECS-810 Statistical Analysis for Managers
  • DECS-864 Systems Support for Operations
  • DECS-875 Business Simulation
  • ESCB-840 Microeconomics & Pricing
  • FINC-845 Valuation and Capital Budgeting
  • FINC-846 Financial Planning and Analysis
  • FINC-850 International Finance
  • INTB-820 International Business
  • INTB-825 International Study Seminar
  • MGMT-800 Leadership Development I
  • MGMT-801 Leadership Development II
  • MGMT-805 Current Topics Seminar
  • MGMT-810 Leadership
  • MGMT-818 Strategic Thinking I
  • MGMT-819 Strategic Thinking II
  • MGMT-860 Executive Leadership Series
  • MGMT-861 Managing Technology, Innovation, and Research
  • MGMT-889 Capstone Consulting Project I
  • MGMT-890 Capstone Consulting Project II
  • MKTG-851 Marketing Strategy
  • MKTG-865 Managing New Product Commercialization

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the online executive MBA program, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum of six years of professional work experience and hold advanced technical, managerial, or executive responsibilities.
  • Participate in an interview with a representative of the executive MBA team.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from a current employer.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 92 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.

Certain countries are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports, and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Learners from Syria, Sudan, North Korea, the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Iran, and Cuba may not register for RIT online courses. Nor may individuals on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the United States Commerce Department’s table of Deny Orders. By registering for RIT online courses, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.

Last updated May 2020

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