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Where are current graduates working?

Private firms employing our graduates include Aramark, Rochester Regional Health, Underwriters Laboratory, and Sunvestment Group. Alumni are also employed by governmental organizations such as the City of Rochester and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. University employers include Clemson University and RIT.

What are the admission requirements?

An earned baccalaureate degree including at least one year of college science, one year of college mathematics (including calculus and statistics) is required. Admission decisions will be based on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), official transcripts, grade point average (3.0 or greater is required), recommendation letters (minimum two), TOEFL (or IELTS) score for applicants whose native language is not English, and potentially interviews with members of the faculty.

Can I waive or substitute an admissions requirement?

For test waivers (ie. Can I waive the GRE requirement, Can the GMAT substitute for the GRE? Can I use my GRES scores form more than X years ago?), decisions are made by both the admissions committee and graduate enrollment services. For course requirements, waivers are made on a case by case basis depending on the substitutability of skillsets from other related courses taken. Please contact us to request a waiver.

How do I apply?
When are applications due?

GIS applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For preferred financial considerations for Fall admission, you should apply by the preceding January 15.

Is my (GRE, GMAT, GPA, package, etc.) competitive?

Unfortunately we can’t answer this question! We judge admissions on the total applicant package and not just particular GRE, GPA, etc scores. The competitiveness of a particular package will also depend on how many slots are open for admission and how many applications are received. However with that being said, both our Ph.D. and Master’s programs are competitive; our average total GRE score for the current class is 305 with an average GPA of 3.7. 

If I am accepted, can I defer my acceptance to a future year?

Ph.D. deferrals are generally not available. RIT does allow a one-year deferral for Master’s students; after that, a student must reapply.

How much does the program cost?

The cost of full time study can be found here. The cost of part time study can be found here.

Is tuition aid available? Graduate assistantships?

GIS Ph.D. students are fully funded through graduate research assistantships (GRAs). GRAs are mainly provided by the sponsored research activities of the faculty so it is important to align with a faculty advisor as early as possible. Financial aid is available for eligible Master’s students. Scholarships and GRAs may be available to highly qualified Master’s applicants. Graduate assistantships and teaching assistantships may be available in other RIT departments.

What is the thesis requirement?

For the MS, students may elect to complete a thesis or a project with paper as a capstone experience. A minimum of 6 credit hours is required for each. The thesis typically takes a bit longer so if finishing in a year is your goal, a capstone is the likely route.

How long does it take to complete the degree?

The Ph.D. program typically takes 3.5-5 years to complete. Students with significant research experience and/or a well-aligned Master’s degree will take less while students from a different field or having just a BS typically take longer. For the Master’s program, students taking 12 credit hours per semester can finish in three semesters. Some Master’s students can finish in one calendar year (two academic semesters, plus the summer). Master’s students doing a thesis typically take 1.5-2 years to complete the program.

Can I take courses in the summer?

GIS, and many other departments, do not normally offer courses in the summer. However, a student may still be able to arrange an independent study or work on their thesis/capstone during this period.

When can I start the program?

Almost all students will begin the program in the Fall semester. Some Ph.D. students may begin doing research in the preceding summer is funding is available.

Can I complete the degree part time?

The Ph.D. degree requires full-time study. The Master’s degree may be completed part time.

Are courses offered online?

In short, no the Ph.D. cannot be earned through an online program. Our core courses are currently only offered in person and during normal business hours. In addition to this, most research projects would require you to be in residence in order to pursue. Our Master’s program may be available as an online offering in the future but is also not available yet to be pursued online.