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Greetings Graduate Students!

On behalf of the Office of Graduate Education I am pleased and honored to welcome you to another exciting academic year. This fall we enrolled more than 1,000 new graduate students who are pursuing degrees in one of our various professional masters, MFA, or PhD programs. All of our graduate programs offer an exceptional education and opportunities for research in numerous cutting edge areas of scholarship. The addition of our new graduate students brings our total to approximately 3,250. Our graduate student body consists of individuals who are sponsored by more than sixty different government agencies, universities and organizations abroad. A very diverse group!

The focus of the Office of Graduate Education is to support graduate students and help them succeed in their programs of study, research and creative endeavors. Our office along with RIT’s outstanding graduate faculty look forward to helping each of you develop meaningful partnerships with RIT colleagues, the Rochester community, the business and private sector. Throughout the academic year our office sponsors workshops on career preparation, teaching and grant writing for both students and faculty. Another signature event is the annual Graduate Research Symposium, which highlights the successes and scholarly efforts of our students and faculty. The symposium is held in the spring during Graduate Education week and includes opportunities for campus-wide networking and education

A key benefit of our office is the support provided by the Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success, Ms. Rauncie Ryan and our Sr. Staff Specialist, Belinda Dunwoody both who are here to help make your time at RIT a successful and meaningful experience.  All of us look forward to hearing from you and are always available to discuss your needs, listen to your concerns and ideas and to hear about your successes during your time at RIT.

Wishing you a wonderful academic year!



Twyla J. Cummings, Ph.D.

Dean of Graduate Education

Rochester Institute of Technology


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