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Saunders MBA in Accounting

MBA in Accounting at Saunders College of Business at RIT
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Top ranked MBA program at Saunders College of Business at RIT

#95 in TFE Times rankings

Tier One MBA program, CEO Magazine

In addition to the educational preparation for a career leading to top management, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Accounting program at RIT fulfills the education requirements that allow students to sit for the New York State Certified Public Accountancy exam. The program stresses the skills necessary for the design, operation, and control of accounting information systems.

Recognized among nations very best business schools

Saunders MBA programs are recognized by many national and international rankings. US News & World Report 2017 Best Business School Rankings place Saunders #85 nationally among 470 MBA programs, while TFE (The Financial Engineer) Times ranks Saunders MBA #96 among MBA programs in North America, and Poets & Quants ranked Saunders College of Business among the nation's Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs coming in at #96. Learn about other top rankings and recognition received by Saunders College graduate programs and Rochester Institute of Technology.

The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

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For quick admissions decisions, determination for scholarship and financial aid, contacts and additional admissions information, please visit our admissions pages.

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Excellence in CPA Exam Results

Saunders accounting programs prepare students for success, as demonstrated by CPA Exam passing rates for Saunders College students that are consistently far above passing rates overall and for all New York State candidates.

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Students will complete foundation, accounting, and additional business courses. The program offers two tracks, one for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting and one for students who have an undergraduate degree in a field other than business or accounting.

Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting

Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting may be able to complete the program with as few as two semesters (with a fall semester start). With some required courses only offered once a year, additional completion time may be required for full-time students entering in the spring semester. The program also is available on a part-time basis for practicing professionals.

Students without undergraduate accounting coursework

For students without undergraduate accounting coursework, but with an undergraduate degree meeting CPA liberal arts and science requirements, the program consists of 25 courses that may be completed in four semesters (two academic years) of full-time study. Because of the length of required prerequisite courses, four-semester completion for full-time students is based on fall semester entry. Variations will likely extend the time needed to complete the program.

Please use the following links for curriculum details.

Overview of Courses Course Details & Descriptions History of Course Catalogs

These links provide details on the curriculum for this program. Overview of Courses details all the courses and electives that are included in the program. Course Details and Descriptions allow you to find details and schedules for individual courses, including co- and pre- requisites for individual courses. These are kept up to date with the latest details pertaining to prospective students.

Current students and alumni – please visit the Office of the Registrar for a History of Course Catalogs to view and download official degree requirements pertaining to the academic year you began your degree.

For more information on this program call +1.585.475.6916, send us an email, or request more information.

For quick Admissions decisions and determination for scholarship and financial aid please visit the RIT Office of Graduate Enrollment to apply online.


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