International Student Admission

All non-U.S. citizen 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. Official, certified translations must be provided for any documents not in English.

Online Applications

Use our online application system to submit your application for graduate study.

All materials must be sent to:

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

NOTE: Please be sure to use the same name and same spelling of your name on all forms, records and correspondence. If requesting test scores to be sent directly to RIT, our College Code is 2760. When sending additional application materials to us, be sure to include the full name and address that you used on the application form. In addition, it is always a good idea to send your materials with delivery notification and/or tracking capabilities.

Application Requirements

Graduate Application Form

Our Graduate Application form consists of seven parts. You can apply online or download all or parts of the PDF application 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 for free if you do not have it on your computer.

Non refundable Application Fee

RIT requires a $65 application fee for applicants other than RIT alumni and current students within one school year of completing another RIT program. ONCE YOU RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM US THAT TELLS YOU THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION, you can pay your application fee online with a major credit card by using your RIT account at Please note that you cannot pay your application fee before you have received that email.


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 $65 [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

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.

  • International Colleges and Universities: Academic documents (transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates, diplomas, examination results) from institutions outside the U.S. must be either originals, or copies certified by the issuing academic institution.
  • Academic documents must be marked with a seal or stamp and ink signature of an academic official of the institution where the courses were taken or the degree earned. RIT will not accept photocopies, faxes, notarized copies or notorial certificates. Each transcript should indicate years of attendance, subjects studied and the grade earned in each subject. A key to the grading system also should be included.
  • International applicants should include an official degree certificate along with their transcripts. Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official translation provided by a professional translation service, or by the college/university issuing the transcript. All International students currently enrolled in a school in the U.S. must also submit an "International Student Advisor's Report" (SEVIS I-20 Transfer Form) which will be forwarded to you upon receipt of your application.

Personal statement of educational objectives

Please provide 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. Attach a separate typed sheet to this form.

Degree Certificates

For colleges and universities outside the U.S. a final official degree certificate is also 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.

Letters of Recommendation

Recommendation letters should be submitted directly to RIT from the referee/person writing the letter for you. The preferred method for the submission of recommendation letters is to use the functionality within the online application. You will be able to enter information for your referees and submit an email request for letters through the online application. This is the preferred submission method by RIT Admission’s Committees. A letter which is sent directly to RIT and not viewed or sent to RIT by the applicant will be deemed to be more valid and trustworthy. Letters may also be emailed directly by referees to or sent by postal mail to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services by the referees.

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.

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 part 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.

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:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The TOEFL is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL score required for admission to RIT ranges from 550 - 660 (213 - 250 for computer based) and varies by academic program.

For information on the TOEFL, write to:

Educational Testing Service, Box 899
Princeton, NJ 08540-0899

The PTE-Academic may be taken in place of the TOEFL for those students whose native language is not English. PTE-Academic is administered Pearson. You may learn more about the PTE-Academic test at The minimum requirements for admission 58 to 63 and vary by academic program.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
In place of the TOEFL, applicants whose native language is not English may elect to take the IELTS exam. IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. The minimum requirements for admission range from 6.5 to 8.5 and vary by academic program.

For information on the IELTS, write to:

IELTS, International
100 East Corson Street
Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91103

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 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

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
If the department to which you seek admission requires the GRE, your application will not be processed without your GRE score(s). For information about testing dates and sites, contact:

Educational Testing Service
CN 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
In a limited number of programs, the MAT may be substituted for the GRE. For information, write to:

Psychological Testing Corp.
555 Academic Court
San Antonio, TX 78204

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
The GMAT is required for admission to graduate study in the College of Business. Applications for the GMAT can be obtained from college placement offices or:

Educational Testing Service
CN 6103
Princeton, NJ 08541-6103

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. 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.


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, or Photography 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.

Admission Deadlines & Requirements

RIT maintains a rolling admissions policy for most of its graduate programs. Generally, students may begin a program of study fall or spring semesters. However, some graduate departments establish their own admission deadlines, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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