Admissions & Financial Aid

Deciding on a Graduate Program

Attending graduate school is a great way to advance your career and augment your earning potential. Before deciding on a specific program, however, it’s important to understand as much as possible about the ways in which it will benefit your professional goals while matching your personal interests and needs.

Below are a few questions you should consider as you begin looking at graduate programs:

Professional Goals

How does this program tailor itself to my professional interests and goals?

Graduate programs that allow you to choose your own electives encourages the development of unique professional areas of expertise. By choosing courses that complement or augment your program, you’ll gain knowledge in a secondary focus area and gain relevant skills, such as a technical, digital, business, engineering, or humanities-related proficiency.  This enriches both the degree and your future hiring prospects.

Examples of individually-shaped Master’s programs at RIT’s College of Liberal Arts include:

  • MS in Communication & Media Technologies

In addition to three communication electives, students choose three professional/technical courses from a wide array of topics, such as print media, marketing, health systems, and public policy.

  • MS in Experimental Psychology

Two tracks are offered in this program: experimental psychology and engineering psychology.  Students choose their track based on their individual career goals and take corresponding coursework in areas such as industrial engineering, human-computer interaction, or applied statistics

  • MS in Science, Technology and Public Policy

Students work with advisors to choose electives which focus on diverse areas of policy, such as the environment, biotechnology, telecommunications, or energy.

Graduate Student Assistance

Is there individualized attention given to students from professors?

Meeting and working with professors outside of class is a very important element of getting the most out of your education.  This connection fosters mentorship, deeper learning, and research opportunities, which can be important regardless of whether you’re looking to start a career after graduation or continue onto a Ph.D. program.

Professors in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts pride themselves on working one-on-one with students to ensure that their educational needs and academic goals are attained.

Will I have access to career development?

Making connections between what you’re learning in the classroom and how you can apply it towards a rewarding career may or may not be clear cut.  Having resources available to help you navigate your career options is vital!

RIT prides itself on the assistance given to graduate students through its Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.  Personalized career advisement is available online, by phone and in-person--either by appointment or walk-in visits.  Our faculty also play an integral part in helping students realize their career goals through advising and networking.

Can I get financial aid?

Paying for a graduate education is often a concern for many students.  In addition to outside sources of funding, such as employer sponsorship or federal financial aid, look for programs that offer a variety of financial aid options, such as both need and merit-based grants, scholarships, and assistantships. Applying early is key to be considered for many of the best aid options!

RIT offers a full range of financial aid programs.  Each of our graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts awards generous scholarships to qualified students, while many departments on campus offer graduate assistantships where full-time students receive both wages and tuition support in exchange for work performed. Students should apply for aid by February 15th for priority consideration.

University Recognition

Does the university have a respected reputation for excellence?

Selecting a program from a university with a well-respected reputation means that your degree has both prestige and recognition within your industry.  Hiring managers may be more likely to select candidates with résumés that include credentials from a university known for excellent alumni.

RIT has a well-respected reputation for being on the cutting-edge of technology and preparing its students for today’s dynamic job market. It is featured in the Princeton Review’s “best colleges” guide, as well as a US News & World Reports “top Master’s school.” Our most recent career fairs drew more than 400 employers from throughout the United States and around the world.


Interested in learning more about RIT’s College of Liberal Arts graduate programs?

Please contact Amy Lyman at or 585-475-4137 with any questions or to set up an appointment with faculty from your program of interest.