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Graduate Study

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Graduate Application Instructions

For the Fall 2013 term and beyond, program content and names have changed for many of our graduate programs.   Please contact us if you have any questions.

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

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. Decisions on graduate selection are made by the college offering the program.

Application Options


Our online application is the easiest and fastest way to submit your application for graduate study.  In order to apply for admission, you are required to create an RIT portal account.  Your myRIT 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. 

Once you are logged into your myRIT account and at your personalized graduate study portal page, look for the pagelet titled “Your Next Steps” - the link to our graduate study application is located in that pagelet.

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In order to apply, you will need to complete our multi-step Request Information / Create an Account process.

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


If you have NON-TECHNICAL or other questions regarding your application, please email us.  


If you cannot submit your application online, you do have the option of downloading a PDF of our application, completing it, and scanning and emailing it to us or sending by regular postal mail.  See for downloadable PDFs of our application and related forms.


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

International Students

View the non-U.S. citizen admission information.

U.S. Students

U.S. citizen applicants for admission must complete and submit the following:

All materials must be sent to:

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. Please include your U.S. Social Security number on all forms and correspondence to assist processing.

Application Requirements

Graduate Application Form

Our Graduate Application form consists of seven parts. Download all or parts of the PDF application below as needed and mail a copy to RIT's Office of Graduate Enrollment Services. You must have Adobe Acrobat to apply online and to download the PDF application sections. You may download Acrobat viewer for free if you do not have it on your computer.

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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 anytime (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).  Once you submit your application at that point, the application then becomes non-editable and the Pay Application Fee button is disabled.   If you do not pay your application fee before the final submission, you must then pay the fee at the web site:

TO PAY BY PERSONAL CHECK, MONEY ORDER OR BANK DRAFT, follow the instructions below:

Your document should be made payable to Rochester Institute of Technology in the amount of $60 [US]. Mail this along with your full name to:

Rochester Institute of Technology
Office of Graduate Enrollment Services
Bausch & Lomb Center
58 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester NY 14623-5604

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Official Transcripts

Official transcripts of all previous post-secondary education are required. You must provide official transcripts or certified copies, not photocopies. All transcripts should be sent to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services with the rest of your application. The admission of a student who has not yet completed undergraduate work depends on the filing of a final transcript showing all course work, the degree granted and the date of the degree.

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Resume or other Summary of Work Experience

You can attach a resume to your paper or online application, or write a summary of your work experience directly on your application forms.

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. Recommendation letters can be uploaded with your application materials, emailed directly by referees to or sent by postal mail to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services.

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Graduate Admission Tests

Applicants may also be required to submit scores from graduate admission tests. The official results of graduate admission tests — results that must be verified by the testing agency — are the only parts of your application that you do not mail 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.

Check the admission requirements page to determine which admission test, if any, is required by the program to which you seek admission.

Required tests may include:

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Graduate students applying for admission to the School of Art, School of Design, School for American Crafts, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, Imaging Arts (Photography), Game Design & Development, and Architecture must submit a portfolio of original work to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services. View the portfolio requirements and follow the guidelines for submitting your portfolio.

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Admission Deadlines & Requirements

RIT maintains a rolling admissions policy for many of its graduate programs. Generally, students may begin a program of study fall, spring, or summer semester. However, some graduate departments establish their own admission deadlines and requirements, and some programs offer admission for fall semester entry only. Further information on deadlines for specific academic programs can be found by contacting the department.

Acknowledgment and Verification

Once the application is received and reviewed, the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services will contact you 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.

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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 on the department contact list.

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Verifying Application Status

You will receive written acknowledgment that RIT has received your application. This notice also will 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. For information concerning the decision status of your completed application, or for further information about application procedures, contact:

Rochester Institute of Technology
Bausch & Lomb Center, Bldg. 77, Room 1241
58 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York 14623-5604
Attention: Office of Graduate Enrollment Services

phone: 585-475-2229

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Application Checklist

Print the application checklist to guide you through the RIT application process.

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