RIT is a nationally respected leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds- and from 50 states and more than 95 countries- have chosen to attend RIT. As a major technical university, RIT offers academic opportunities that extend far beyond science and technology, including more liberal arts courses and faculty than you will find at most liberal arts colleges. With a strong foundation in the humanities and social sciences, you'll gain an understanding of both technological developments and the philosophy and ethical issues that go with them. RIT offers a large, internationally-diverse student body.
"U.S. News and World Report'' again ranked RIT as one of the top U.S. master's universities and RIT is again included in "Princeton Review's" list of Best Graduate Business Schools. The Rochester area was recently named by the prestigious Brookings Institute one of the 20 economically healthiest U.S. cities in the U.S. which means jobs and future growth!
Long History in the Computing Field
RIT launched one of the first undergraduate computer science programs in the United States in 1972. Since then, the university consistently has anticipated developments in the computing field. We have responded by designing academic programs flexible enough to keep up with changing demands, yet focused enough to develop the computing expertise required today.
For example, RIT was the first university in the nation to offer baccalaureate degree programs in information technology (1991) and software engineering (1996). RIT's partnerships with leading technology companies, such as Microsoft and McAfee, assure that you'll get state-of-the-art practice when working on industry-sponsored research and class projects, plus you'll make the most of prime networking opportunities in the process.
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
The B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences includes the departments of Computer Science; Information Sciences & Technologies; Interactive Games & Media; Networking, Security, and Systems Administration; Software Engineering; as well as the Ph.D. in Computing and Information Sciences program, the research arm of the College. This mixture of applied computing disciplines is unique and allows the College to offer a strong, diverse series of programs centered around computing, from infrastructure to the end user.
The Golisano College is one of the largest and most comprehensive computing colleges in the nation. The college has garnered accolades and recognition as a premier computing education and applied research facility. Housed in a 125,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art building, the college showcases cutting-edge innovation and world-class faculty who are passionate about their work. Specialized research can be conducted in any of the college's 31 labs, including the Social Computing Lab, which develops tools to facilitate interpersonal interaction through computer networks. There are close to 3,000 students- including full- and part-time students. The college recently conferred degrees to their first Ph.D. students and 5,000th undergraduate student!
In computing and information sciences at RIT, there are over 180 full-time faculty. Collectively they are an incredible resource for students. They include both scholars and practitioners who share their experiences with students as mentors, educators, and academic advisers. Many are at the forefront of research and practice in their disciplines. They challenge, support, and stimulate students to identify and reach their potential.
RIT is a place where you enjoy interaction with faculty- not only in class or during office hours, but in the hallways after class, in the Wallace Library, and over coffee in Java Wally's. You get to know your professors and often build relationships that last a lifetime. In RIT's fast-paced and stimulating environment, the faculty's approach to teaching makes the college different.
RIT faculty place emphasis on using their real life experiences to give you perspectives on what it takes to be successful in the real world. Their teaching is grounded in reality and their roles in the computing and information sciences industries mean courses, assignments, and projects are timely and relevant. There are no graduate teaching assistants- you are taught by professionals who are interested in guiding tomorrow's computing and information technology leaders.
Faculty and Student Research Opportunities
The Golisano College supports learning and research across disciplines where students, faculty, and industry converge to explore and develop innovative applications of emerging technologies. Typically, students and faculty work with an industry partner to develop a proposal and plan of work. A project team (often multidisciplinary) forms to begin working on exploratory uses of emerging technologies, proof-of-concept studies, investigations of specific technical problems, and software development.
The students have worked on projects for the U.S. Department of Education, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Cisco, Xerox, and Sun Microsystems, among others. RIT students take part in research by arranging to work directly with faculty members who are investigating areas that are of interest, including artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, gaming, interface design, software engineering, databases, system software, robotics, social computing, networking, wireless and computing security, virtual reality, and multimedia.
Graduate Programs Offered
The B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences offers comprehensive, innovative graduate programs in a range of disciplines. Programs include the traditional Master of Science (MS) degree and a Ph.D. program in Computing and Information Sciences.
The college offers the following graduate programs:
Computer Science MS
Computing & Information Sciences Ph.D.
Computing Security and Information Assurance MS
Game Design and Development MS
Human Computer Interaction MS
Information Technology MS
Medical Informatics (MS)
Networking and System Administration MS
Software Development and Management MS
Software Engineering MS
Departments & Programs
Degrees & Awards
Entrance Exam GRE
Thesis Alternate accepted
Comp Exam Required
|Master's Degree Exam||GRE|
|Master's Degree Requirements||Minimum GPA of 3.0 (recommended)|
|Additional Entrance Requirements||Minimum GPA of 3.0 (recommended)|
Tuition & Fees
|Financial award applicants must submit:||FAFSA|
|Types of financial support available||
Scholarship and/or loans
|Black or African American||0.46%|
|White or Caucasian||10%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.12%|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||Not Reported|
|Two or more races||0.58%|
|Focus of faculty research:||Computing for accessibility, computing education, cybersecurity, computing theory, data science, health informatics, human-computer interaction, interactive experiences, pervasive computing, software process and product analysis|
|Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:||0|