Graduate Admission

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We hold a variety of informational events on a regular basis including online webinars, group chats, information sessions and open houses.
See a full listing of our upcoming events.  

Programs that inspire creativity, innovation, collaboration and change. RIT offers a diverse, committed, and accessible faculty; sophisticated facilities; and an unusual emphasis on experiential learning. Deaf and hard-of-hearing RIT graduate students are united by an unending curiosity to invent new ways to move the world forward. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our master’s programs are temporarily waiving GRE and GMAT exams for Fall enrollment. For international applicants: if TOEFL or IELTS English proficiency exams are not available, RIT will accept the Duolingo English test for 2020 applications. Contact us for more information.

Graduate Programs

Masters Programs

More than 70 masters programs built upon our strengths in combination with market demand.

View Master of Science in Secondary Education

View Master of Science in Health Care Interpretation

View Other Masters Programs

Advanced Certificates

Specific and subject-focused, advanced certificates require four to six targeted, graduate-level courses, and can be applied to a masters degree.

View Advanced Certificates

Ph.D. Programs

Our unique Ph.D. programs are based on a strong foundation in the STEM disciplines and enriched by interdisciplinary education and research in the humanities and the arts.

View Ph.D. Programs

Online Graduate Programs

Many of our graduate programs are available in an online study format that offer quality academic rigor with the ability to study and work at your convenience.

View Online Graduate Programs

Applying for Admission

General Admission Requirements

To be eligible to apply for any RIT graduate program you must hold (or be in anticipation of) a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college. Application for all graduate programs requires submission of an online application and the following supporting documents: $65 application fee, personal statement, resume, and undergraduate transcripts. Most programs require letters of recommendation. Additional requirements vary by program and may include a writing sample, portfolio or an entrance exam (GRE or GMAT). Deaf and hard-of-hearing graduate applicants must submit an audiogram with their application to qualify for access services. Students who are U.S. citizens and who are deaf or hard of hearing are eligible for the graduate NTID tuition discount.

Deadlines and Requirements Table

To find degree specific admissions requirements:

  1. Find your program in the Graduate Program Directory 
  2. Scroll to the bottom section titled “admissions requirements”



Applying to RIT is quick and easy. Our online application will typically take you 15-20 minutes to complete, and you can get started and submit your online application with or without the required application fee and supporting documents.

Application Instructions

Manage Application

Create an RIT Admissions account to submit your application, monitor your application progress, track the status of your application credentials, receive your admissions decision, and more.

Visits and Events

The RIT Graduate Office is located in the lower level of the Bausch & Lomb Center building (Bldg. 77) which is the building closest to the Visitor Parking Lot (Lot V). Graduate study advisors in this office can answer general questions about our graduate programs, their admissions requirements, and the application process. Specific academic and curriculum-related questions will be referred to the graduate program directors and their academic departments. Use the “Plan Your Visit” form to plan your day including meeting an admissions counselor, an academic department representative, and/or a financial aid representative and to schedule a campus tour, meet a veterans enrollment advisor and more.

Plan Your Visit

Informational Events

The Graduate Admissions Office hosts many events on and off campus including part-time information sessions, Graduate Information Sessions, College Fairs & Visits, Webinars, and Virtual Fairs

Upcoming Information Events

Costs and Financial Aid

An RIT graduate degree is an investment that will provide lifelong returns. RIT has a long history of providing high quality academic degrees that offer applied research and real world experiences to prepare you for career success. RIT offers generous financial aid to qualified graduate students in the form of merit-based scholarships and assistantships.

RIT receives support from the federal government, and as a result, deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in any graduate degree program pay less than RIT’s graduation tuition.

Estimated Cost of Attendance (See NTID-Sponsored Graduate Cost of Attendance Estimate)

Financial Aid and Scholarships See section on Incoming Graduate Students)

International Students

RIT attracts students from every state and more than 100 countries 

RIT hosts more than 2,500 international students, including nearly 100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students on the main Rochester, New York campus. The variety of backgrounds and perspectives represented in the RIT community enriches the living and learning experience for all. As students interact on team-based projects, in campus housing and in day-to-day activities, they become enriched and better prepared for the opportunities and challenges of global interdependence.

International Student Information

Accepted Students