Rochester Institute of Technology

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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) offers 70 graduate programs in a combination of high-demand fields such as science, engineering, technology, business, and mathematics as well as award-winning imaging and fine arts disciplines. 

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Type of School: Private

Size of campus: 1,300 acres

Number of students: 15,250 undergraduate and 3,250 graduate students

Number of faculty: 1,543 

Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1

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More than 100 academic programs in the following areas:
• Art, Crafts, Design, and Graphic Communications
• Business, Management, and Communication
• Computing and Information Sciences
• Engineering and Engineering Technology
• Health Sciences
• Multidisciplinary
• Science, Mathematics, and Imaging Science
• Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education
• Sustainability

Degrees Offered: MArch, MBA, ME, MFA, MS, MST, PhD

Geographic Diversity: Enrolled students represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

Financial aid: Financial aid and scholarships are awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and academic merit.

Test score requirements:  
• Graduate: GMAT or GRE required by some programs 
• English test required of international students whose native language is not English

Application deadlines and fees:
• Graduate: Varies by program (many are rolling)
• Application fee: $65

Graduate programs 
Advanced Certificates
• Applied Statistics*
• Big Data Analytics
• Communication and Digital Media*
• Engineering Psychology
• Health Care Finance*
• Information Assurance
• Lean Six Sigma*
• Materials Science
• Networking, Planning, and Design*
• Organizational Learning*
• Project Management*
• School Psychology
• Service Leadership and Innovation*
• User Experience Design and Development*
• Vibrations
• Web Development

Doctor of Philosophy
• Astrophysical Sciences and Technology
• Color Science
• Computing and Information Sciences
• Engineering 
• Imaging Science
• Mathematical Modeling
• Microsystems Engineering
• Sustainability

Master of Architecture
• Architecture 

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
• Accounting
• Business Administration
• Business Administration—Executive*

Master of Engineering
• Engineering Management
• Industrial and Systems Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Microelectronics Manufacturing Engineering*
• Sustainable Engineering

Master of Fine Arts
• Ceramics
• Film and Animation
• Fine Arts Studio
• Furniture Design
• Glass
• Industrial Design
• Medical Illustration
• Metals and Jewelry Design
• Photography and Related Media
• Visual Communication Design

Master of Science
• Accounting
• Applied and Computational Mathematics
• Applied Statistics*
• Astrophysical Sciences and Technology
• Bioinformatics
• Business Analytics
• Chemistry
• Color Science
• Communication and Media Technologies
• Computational Finance
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science
• Computing Security
• Criminal Justice
• Data Science
• Electrical Engineering
• Entrepreneurship and Innovative Ventures
• Environmental, Health, and Safety Management*
• Environmental Science
• Experimental Psychology
• Finance
• Game Design and Development
• Health Care Interpretation
• Health Informatics
• Health Systems Administration*
• Hospitality and Tourism Management
• Human-Computer Interaction*
• Human Resource Development*
• Imaging Science*
• Industrial and Systems Engineering
• Information Sciences and Technologies
• Information Technology
• Integrative Design 
• Management
• Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration
• Manufacturing Leadership*
• Materials Science and Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Media Arts and Technology
• Microelectronic Engineering
• Networking and System Administration*
• Packaging Science
• Physics
• Print Media
• Product Development*
• Professional Studies*
• Public Policy
• School Psychology
• Science, Technology, and Public Policy
• Secondary Education of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
• Service Leadership and Innovation*
• Software Engineering
• Sustainable Engineering
• Sustainable Systems
• Telecommunications Engineering Technology

Master of Science for Teachers
• Art Education (Visual Art—All Grades)

* Offered online

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) offers 100 graduateprograms in a combination of high-demand fields such as science, engineering, technology, business, and mathematics as well as award-winning imaging and fine arts disciplines. Founded in 1829, RIT is an internationally recognized leader in professional and career-oriented education. The graduate student population is approximately 3,250 students. RIT’s US campus is a modern 1,300-acre campus located in Rochester, New York. RIT also has campuses in Croatia, Kosovo, and Dubai.

RIT is now among the top third of US “National Universities” in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The University was included on the magazine’s lists for “A Focus on Student Success” and “Great Schools, Great Prices.” RIT is also included in ThePrinceton Review’s 2019 edition of The Best 384 Colleges as well as in its 2017 edition of Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom.

RIT offers its graduate students many advantages, including:
• Talented and diverse faculty with industry connections
• Scholarship and financial assistance (In 2017–2018, RIT provided $24 million in financial support to approximately 2,350 graduate students.) 
• 3,000 corporate and government partnerships that bring hundreds of employers to campus to recruit each year
• 50 research centers supporting applied research, consulting, and innovation
• 125,000 alumni worldwide

Excelling in research and teaching, our faculty are passionate about their disciplines and their roles in both the lab and classroom. They are innovative and resourceful. Most are highly published, are internationally respected in their fields, and have terminal degrees. They want to teach and engage students in the process of discovery and the contribution of new knowledge to their fields.

Modern, state-of-the-art campus 
RIT has a sophisticated, high-tech campus, investing more than $300 million in the renovation and construction of academic and student-life facilities. The Princeton Review consistently ranks RIT among the most connected campuses in the country. There is free, direct, high-speed computing access throughout campus.

RIT has 50 research centers supporting applied research, consulting, and innovation. Through the administration of scholarship, fellowship, and research funds, RIT offers graduate students high-level participation in research. 

Campus life
Students participate in approximately 250 active clubs, 11 major student organizations, and 30 Greek organizations on campus. RIT’s athletics program boasts 24 men’s and women’s varsity sports. Most competitive athletic teams are NCAA Division III, except for men’s and women’s hockey, which are Division I.

The placement rate for the entire RIT graduate student Class of 2017 was 97.2%. RIT has established more than 3,000 corporate and government partnerships. Hundreds of top companies come to campus each year to recruit our graduate students, who have strong employment prospects because of our programs’ career focus. RIT’s twice-yearly career fairs draw more than 400 employers from across the United States and abroad. 

RIT is chartered by the legislature of the state of New York and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, individual colleges have professional accreditation for specific programs.

Admission requirements
All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of approximately 3.0 or better. International applicants whosenative language is not English must submit English test scores. Some programs require a GMAT or GRE test score. MFA programs require portfolios. Consult for details. 

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73 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Art and Fine Arts                
Astronomy and Astrophysics              
Business-Management, MS/MA                
Communication Studies                
Computer Graphics                
Computer Science              
Computer Security              
Criminal Justice                
Design - other                
Education of the Deaf                
Electrical Engineering                
Engineering - General                
Engineering Management                
Environmental Management              
Environmental Science                
Evening MBA Programs                
Executive MBA Programs              
Experimental Psychology                
Film Studies                
Financial Engineering                
General MBA                
Graphic Design                
Healthcare Administration              
Human Resource Management              
Industrial Design                
Industrial Engineering                
Information Systems                
Information Technology                
Journalism & Mass Media                
MBA - Accounting                
Manufacturing Engineering              
Manufacturing Management                
Mechanical Engineering                
Media Studies                
New Media Studies                
Organizational Studies & Leadership                
Packaging Science                
Project Management                
Public Policy                
School Psychology                
Secondary Education                
Software Engineering                
Systems Engineering                
Teaching Art                
Technical Communication                
Telecom and Networking              
Telecommunications Management                


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