Application Instructions & Requirements

This page outlines the requirements and process for admissions for graduate study at RIT. Please note that there are additional requirements for international applicants.

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. Your application fee can be paid with a credit card at this page or within your application status page.

Electronic Submission of Documents

RIT prefers supporting documents be submitted electronically as part of your online graduate application. You also may upload supporting documents within your application status page after the submission of your online application.

Transcripts

RIT requires transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have attended, including transcript grading keys.

For application review, we will accept unofficial copies of your transcripts.

How do I submit my unofficial transcripts?

  1. Upload copies of your transcripts with the submission of your online application.
  2. You may also upload your transcripts through your Application Status page after you have submitted your application.

If you are admitted, and you choose to enroll at RIT, you will need to provide your official transcripts.

How do I submit official, original transcripts? Choose one of the following:

  1. By mail – Original transcripts issued by your university and sent to RIT in a sealed envelope. (If they are mailed to you, they must remain in their original, sealed envelope.)

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

  1. Digital Copy - Some institutions allow you to request a digital copy. You can request a PDF official copy be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. In-Person - You may present them in-person in their original, sealed envelope.

Degree Requirements

All applicants to RIT's graduate programs must hold—or currently be completing—a four year baccalaureate degree, or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree, granted by an accredited college or university.

If you have not yet completed your undergraduate coursework, your admission will be contingent upon submission of your final transcript showing the degree granted, and the date of the degree.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.

Writing Sample (if required by your program)

Applicants may be required to submit a writing sample as part of their application. Check the Programs Offered page to determine if a writing sample is required by the program to which you seek admission.

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
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.