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Shape your future with a customized, interdisciplinary degree. With RIT’s Professional Studies MS, you design your degree by choosing multiple fields of study to reflect—and create—your career direction.
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Professional Studies MS

Combine your talents, interests, traditional or alternative higher education, work experience, and career goals to create a personalized master’s degree highly regarded by industry and academia.  

The master of science in professional studies degree is unique in that you will pursue two to three strategic areas of study, also known as concentrations, with faculty distinguished in those specialized fields. You’ll take courses along with other students who may be majoring in those subjects. You’ll get the benefit of acquiring substantial knowledge in multiple areas within one degree.


Customize your degree

According to a 2019 Burning Glass report, high complexity jobs—requiring multidisciplinary and hybrid skill sets not normally associated with one role—are growing at twice the rate of the overall job market, are higher-paying than their more traditional-single-skill counterparts, and are immune to automation. And these jobs are growing in all fields. 

What does this mean? More and more jobs are “hybrids,” combining skill sets that never used to be found in the same job, such as marketing and statistical analysis, or design and programming.

The four must-have skills not typically found within one distinct major or degree program are: 

Digital Tools & Technology
Data & Analytics
Business & Management
Design Thinking & Creativity

The MS in professional studies allows you to create a degree plan of study combining all of these skills into one degree to help you climb the earnings ladder, make you more competitive in your field, and be immune to the threat of automation. 


Design your own pathway to success

The World Economic Forum recommends that to prepare for the jobs of 2020 and beyond, workers must possess a broad, multidisciplinary skill set. RIT offers a wide variety of fields of study to combine for your customized degree. Your advisor will help customize your plan of study based upon your experience, interests, and academic and career goals. Here’s just a sampling of the concentrations you may choose: 

  • Applied Statistics
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Management
  • Communication & Digital Media
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Analytics
  • Design Thinking
  • Environmental, Health and Safety Management
  • Finance
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Systems Administration
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Human Resource Development
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Information Sciences & Technology
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Manufacturing Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Product Development
  • Project Management
  • Service Leadership & Innovation
  • User Experience Design


Capitalize on your experience

You have a background rich in in experience that may qualify for credit toward a master of science in professional studies at RIT. We encourage you to take advantage of that! To earn the credit, you may be asked to take an exam, or prepare a portfolio representative of your work. Your advisor will help guide you in that process. Here are some examples to get your thinking started: 

Credit for Experience
Time and experience within your career matters. Working with a SOIS advisor, an exam or portfolio review directly connected to your graduate degree plan can be scheduled to determine whether credit can be granted for skills already developed.
Transfer Credit
College Credit earned at accredited universities may be awarded credit at RIT after going through a formal evaluation process. Credit awarded outside of RIT may not exceed 20% of the graduate program.


Accelerate your degree with edX

RIT has partnered with edX, the leading nonprofit online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT to offer MicroMasters programs. These career-focused, master’s-level online offerings result in an edX credential with a pathway to credit toward an accelerated master of science in professional studies from RIT. RIT also accepts credit from select partner-university edX MicroMasters programs.

Admitted students who successfully complete a MicroMasters program will be awarded a minimum of nine credits towards the master of science in professional studies. That’s almost one-third of the requirements for this degree.


Explore stackable credentials

With RIT’s master of science in professional studies, you may assemble a series of traditional degree-based and/or nontraditional credentials (certificates, certifications, licenses, badges, apprenticeships, and more) that recognize achievements and provide an accurate assessment of your knowledge, skills, and abilities. The more you accumulate, the more you increase your portfolio of knowledge toward a degree.


Let’s talk

Do you need to arm yourself with hybrid skills to remain competitive in your field? Would you like to receive credit for non-traditional education or work experience? Our advisors are available to answer your questions and discuss how you can take control of your career and your education by customizing your master of science in professional studies degree at RIT. Connect today!