Rochester Institute of Technology

College of Applied Science and Technology

Professional Studies, MS


One Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY 14623

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Professional Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The professional studies program is specifically designed to enable students to create an individualized plan of graduate study tailored to their personal and professional goals. This degree offers students the opportunity to draw on more than 50 graduate programs in order to gain the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to respond successfully to new and emerging career opportunities.  The professional studies degree can be completed on campus or online.

For example, students interested in integrating sustainability into their career as a facilities manager might combine courses from the sustainability and facility manangement programs. Educators may be interested in combining courses from the school psychology and secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing programs to improve their knowledge of special learning populations and the social issues students face in today's educational environments. Communication professionals interested in employment in government offices might choose concentrations in communication and media technologies and public policy to enhance their knowledge of media relations, public relations, government operations, and policy formation. There are a wide range of concentrations that can be created based on each student's professional career aspirations.

The degree also includes a capstone project. This applied, hands-on project is directly related to the student’s individualized plan of study.

Concentration areas

Students create two or three concentrations with courses selected from a wide range of graduate programs at RIT. Some common concentration areas include:

  • Applied and Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics/Quality
  • Bioinformatics
  • Business (Marketing, Management, etc.)
  • Chemistry
  • Color Science
  • Communication and Media Technology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental, Health and Safety Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Health Systems Administration
  • Human Resource Development
  • Imaging Science
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering Industrial Design
  • Information Sciences and Technologies
  • Microelectronics Manufacturing Engineering
  • Packaging Science
  • Product Development and Design
  • Project Management
  • Public Policy
  • School Psychology
  • Secondary Education of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Service Management
  • Software Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Sustainability
  • Training, Design and Assessment
  • Visual Communication Design



International Student Requirements:

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum acceptable scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score for an unconditional acceptance is 6.5. The TOEFL requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting educational transcripts and diplomas from American colleges and universities.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: For graduate study, many of the 70 graduate programs offer assistantships. Additionally, more than 9,000 student jobs are available on campus each year.

# of Credits Required: 33

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Candidates may work with RIT's Financial Aid Office to determine aid eligibility and funding options.

Locale: Large Suburb

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