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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program in engineering, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in an engineering discipline from an accredited university,
  • Submit a resume highlighting educational background and experiences,
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose for Research describing the applicant's interest in one of the four focus areas of transportation, energy, communications or healthcare,
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE),
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) for all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (or a minimum GPA of 3.0 in foundation course work),
  • Submit at least two letters of academic and/or professional recommendation. Referees should send recommendation letters by email to or via postal service directly to Graduate Enrollment Services.
  • Participate in an on-campus or teleconference interview (when applicable), and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • For international applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 587 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based) are required. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score required for unconditional acceptance is 6.5. For additional information about the IELTS, please visit

Admission to this doctoral program is highly competitive. Students may be admitted to the PhD in Engineering program subject to first completing an M.S. degree in engineering from an accredited institution.

Students may enter the PhD in engineering program from any of the engineering disciplines at RIT if they fulfill the requirements above.

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