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Graduate Application Instructions

Before you begin the application process, please take a moment to read about the specific application deadline and requirements for your desired program.

Apply Online

Use our online application system to submit your application for graduate study. In order to apply for admission, you are required to create an RIT portal account. Your Admissions Portal account will provide you access to our online application. Your account also will allow you to track the status of your application credentials, receive your admission decision, and more.

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If you experience a TECHNICAL problem with our online application for admission, please report it to us using this form.

If you have questions regarding your application including application status, checklist updates, application fee payment or to inquire about the delivery status/ receipt of documents or test scores, please email us.

Helpful Videos

Visit our Online Application Videos playlist for several helpful videos on using and navigating our online application for graduate admission.

Application Requirements

Non refundable Application Fee

RIT requires a $60 application fee for applicants other than RIT alumni and current students within one school year of completing another RIT program. When you are in the online application you can pay the application fee at any time (Section 6 - Step 14 in the application) up until the point at which you complete the final submission of the application (step number 15 with the box titled Admission Application Confirmation & Final Submit).


Upload copies of official transcripts and evidence of degrees earned of all post-secondary education (including transcript grading keys) via the online application. Should you be accepted, we will request your official hard copy transcripts at that time. Official, certified translations must be provided for any documents not in English. Student printed or downloaded copies of transcripts are not acceptable at any time.

The admission of a student who has not yet completed undergraduate work is contingent upon the filing of a final transcript showing all course work, the degree granted and the date of the degree.

All applicants to RIT's graduate programs must hold—or currently be completing—a four year baccalaureate degree, or the U.S. equivalent, granted by an accredited college or university. If an applicant is uncertain of the U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency of his/her degree, he/she may wish to obtain an academic credential evaluation from a U.S. based transcript evaluation service.

Personal statement of educational objectives

Please upload a personal statement describing your educational objectives. You may wish to address: (1) why you are applying for the program, (2) how your degree program will relate to your long-range career objectives, (3) what personal or “non-academic” qualities you will contribute to the learning environment in your program, (4) what prior experience you have with respect to your chosen program, and (5) specifically why you want to attend RIT.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Upload a resume or curriculum vitae to your online application. Your resume or curriculum vitae should include details about your education, employment, and internship history. Pertinent research experience should be included as well.

Letters of Recommendation

Two or more letters of recommendation are required for admission to all RIT graduate programs except those offered by the College of Business. Recommendations should come from members of the academic community and/or workplace professionals who know your qualifications for graduate study.

The preferred method for the submission of recommendation letters is to use the functionality within the online application. Recommendation letters should be submitted directly to RIT from the referee/person writing the letter for you. You will be able to enter information for your recommenders and submit an email request for letters through the online application.

If your recommenders are unable to submit their letters using the above method, then letters may be emailed directly by recommenders to or sent by postal mail to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services.

Graduate Admission Tests (if required by your program)

Applicants may also be required to submit scores from graduate admission tests. Check the Programs Offered page to determine which admission test, if any, is required by the program to which you seek admission.

The official results of graduate admission tests are the only parts of your application that you do not mail or upload to RIT. Instead, you must arrange for the testing agency to send your test results directly to RIT’s Office of Graduate Enrollment Services.

RIT’s code for ETS reporting is 2760. Please do not include a department code.

Required tests may include:

Portfolio (if required by your program)

Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio as part of their application. Check the Programs Offered page to determine if a portfolio is required by the program to which you seek admission. If so, view the portfolio requirements and follow the guidelines for submitting your portfolio.

Acknowledgment and Verification

Once the application is received and reviewed, your graduate enrollment counselor will contact you via email to acknowledge receipt of your application--and tell you if any necessary items are missing from your file. Each graduate department makes its own admission decisions on its own schedule. You will be notified of your admission status as soon as possible.

Graduate Department Contacts

Need to talk to someone about the program to which you seek admission? Find the program contact's name, phone number and e-mail address via the Programs Offered page.

Verifying Application Status

You will receive email acknowledgment that RIT has received your application. This notice also will tell you if any necessary items are missing from your file. Your Admissions Portal application checklist will tell you if we have received all of the required documents and forms necessary to make your application complete. Each graduate department makes its own admission decisions on its own schedule. You will be notified of your admission status as soon as possible. For information concerning the decision status of your completed application, or for further information about application procedures, contact:

RIT Office of Graduate Enrollment Services
phone: 585-475-2229

Rochester Institute of Technology
Bausch & Lomb Center, Bldg. 77, Room A-130
58 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, New York 14623-5604
Attention: Office of Graduate Enrollment Services

NOTE: Please be sure to use the same name and same spelling of your name on all forms, records and correspondence.



International Applicants Additional Requirements

Degree Certificates

For colleges and universities outside the U.S. a final official degree certificate is required. You should arrange to have this transcript or degree certificate forwarded directly to RIT's Office of Graduate Enrollment Services as soon as you have completed your undergraduate study. Official, certified translations must be provided for any documents not in English.

Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores

The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic score is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. Please view minimum score requirement for your particular intended program of study via the Programs Offered page.

You must arrange for the testing agency to send your test results directly to RIT’s Office of Graduate Enrollment Services. Only official exam results received this way will be considered.

RIT’s code for ETS reporting is 2760. Please do not include a department code.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


*International Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, PTE-Academic, or IELTS exams if:

They have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years OR
They are from countries and attended universities on the list below whose "native" language is English. RIT has determined those countries to be the following:

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British West Indies
  • Canada
  • England
  • Guam
  • Ireland
  • Mauritius
  • New Zealand
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wales

Passport Copy

International applicants are required to upload a scan of their passport to the online application.

Declaration of Finances & Official Bank Statement

The Declaration of Financial Support Form and an official bank statement is required for international students who plan to apply for student F-1 visa status. These documents are not required for admissions consideration, but will be required as soon as possible after an applicant learns of acceptance. Bank statements issued within the past six (6) months must be submitted before an I20 can be issued. Bank statements must be marked with the official stamp and/or seal of the issuing bank - notarized copies cannot be accepted. Bank statements must show the equivalent of at least $55,844 USD minus any assistantship and/ or scholarship monies you are awarded.

In order to apply for a student visa, U.S. government regulations require international students to demonstrate that they have sufficient financial resources to meet the costs of tuition, fees, supplies, and living expenses for at least nine months of full-time study. International students who need to apply for a student visa must submit to RIT an original bank statement showing the amount available for their education.

In addition, if the funds are not in the student's name, a letter of support from the person owning the assets is also required. In the case of support by a government agency or other organization, an original letter indicating the amount of funding and the period of time it is available is required. The applicant should request two original copies of these documents--one for RIT and the other set to take with them to the Visa interview. Once the student is admitted and these documents have been declared acceptable the appropriate form (I-20 or DS-2019) can be issued by RIT.

You may upload scanned copies of these documents to your online application or you may scan and email them to

Note to International Applicants

Please provide all educational records and admission materials to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services no later than 10 weeks before your desired entrance date to allow appropriate processing time for your application.

If you currently hold an F-2 Visa, please note the following: Applicants for a change of status from F-2 to F-1 may not attend RIT until their change of status is approved by USCIS. You will find change of status information on the International Student Services website. RIT's ISS staff will assist you in applying for a change of status. Please contact the ISS office at 475-6943 as soon as possible to begin the process of changing your visa status.