General Requirements

Admissions is done for fall semester only. Applications should be received before the March 31st priority deadline for financial aid consideration, but are accepted on a rolling basis. A portfolio and/or GRE scores are required for all applications.

Applicants must have a four-year baccalaureate, or equivalent degree, from a regionally accredited institution. Students are generally expected to have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 out of 4.0 in their undergraduate work. Graduate level work in other disciplines will also be given consideration. Applicants requesting consideration whose GPA scores are below 3.0 are required to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Additionally, any student that has obtained their degree at an international university must submit their GRE scores. RIT's reporting number for ETS's GRE and TOEFL examinations is 2760. If there are questions about whether or not you need to submit the GRE scores, please contact RIT graduate admissions.

International Applicants

International applicants should have prior academic performance equivalent a first class degree from an accredited four-year program. The GRE (standard examination) is required for all foreign applicants. International applicants must submit official transcripts of undergraduate or graduate study in original form, and if not originally in English, an official, certified copy of transcripts translated into English must be included. Because of I20 requirements, international applicants can only be considered for programs that support full-time study.

Applicants whose native language is other than English must submit a TOEFL1 score to demonstrate strong English language skills. Please see the application information for internationals students on the RIT main graduate admissions page for more information. If the applicant does not meet the minimum English requirement, it is strongly recommended that he/she study English to reach the minimum scores before applying to the program. Applicants with exceptionally strong academic records that fall into this category may be admitted with specific conditions and requirements that require them to take extra courses in English along with a reduced course load.

Application Materials

Other factors may be considered in the admission process such as strong employment history, especially in the field of game design and development. Application materials should include:

  • An electronic or paper application with a well-written statement of purpose that discusses your background, the area(s) in which you would like to study, and your personal goals
  • Application fee
  • Valid transcripts from all universities listed on the application
  • Declaration of Financial Support (international students only)
  • Two recommendations from educational or professional sources
  • Current resume or statement of employment history
  • GRE (required for international applicants)
  • Portfolio and/or GRE scores

Electronic Graduate Application

An electronic graduate application is available. This web site can also be reached from the "Admissions" link on the RIT home page.