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Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

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Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences | RIT

Princeton Review ranked Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences #2 for game design and development among top colleges in North America.

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Overview

Established in 1829, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a private, coeducational university located in Rochester, New York in the northeastern region of the United States. 

A leader in preparing students for careers in the dynamic global environment, the university has a diverse range of programs from engineering, science, and technology to the arts, business, education, humanities, and social sciences. It consists of 9 colleges that provide career-oriented programs and experiential learning. 

"U.S. News & World Report” has ranked RIT 104th among national universities and is again included in "Princeton Review's" list of Best Graduate Business Schools and is home to the #1 Student Innovation Center in the nation as ranked by "Best Colleges Online."

Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences Overview

Golisano College of Computing and Information Science is one of nine colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology. Enrolling more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Golisano College offers 8 undergraduate degrees and 10 graduate degree programs. From software applications to interactive games and breakthrough research, every day students are learning to change the world in exciting new ways.

“Princeton Review” ranked The Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences  #2 for game design and development among top colleges in North America.

The Golisano College consists of six schools and departments:

School of Information

The School of Information (iSchool), focuses on utilizing technology to solve real world, human-centered problems. With a combination of diverse courses, state-of-the-art equipment, and a team of knowledgeable and imaginative faculty, the iSchool gives students the tools they need to ensure a lifetime of success. 

School of Interactive Games and Media

The School of Interactive Games and Media (IGM) provides an educational environment for students interested in computing as it relates to interactive media, games, simulations, VR/AR, experimental interfaces, and media-centric systems of all varieties. IGM’s programs, coursework, research, and development efforts provide students with the knowledge and skills to pursue meaningful and rewarding careers in media-centric, interactive software development. 

Department of Computer Science

The computer science program provides students the opportunity to engage in significant programming and software development work while learning to innovate and invent new technologies. In addition to required computer science courses, students have an opportunity to take electives in areas such as architecture and operating systems, computer graphics and visualization, data management, distributed systems, intelligent systems, languages and tools, security, and theory.

Department of Computing and Information Sciences Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in computing and information sciences is a research degree designed to produce independent scholars, cutting-edge researchers, and well-prepared educators. Faculty and students conduct both foundational and applied research to address diverse and important challenges, and graduates are poised to excel within both computing and interdisciplinary environments in academia, government and industry.

Department of Computing Security

The Department of Computing Security (CSEC) advances the state of cybersecurity and provides students with the education they need to launch their careers as world-class cybersecurity professionals. CSEC students get hands-on training in how to protect computers, networks, and data. Students also work alongside expert faculty to investigate protecting connected cars, defending wireless communications in the Internet of Things, improving online privacy, and many other ways to secure our world.

The Department of Software Engineering 

The Department of Software Engineering’s mission is to develop professionals who can produce high-quality, cutting-edge, and cost-effective software systems. As real-world construction of complex software systems is done by engineering teams, the curriculum focuses on team-based activities with an emphasis on collaboration and the design process. Students receive mentorship to become world-class engineers and to conduct world-class research by closely collaborating with both faculty and industry.

Faculty and research within Golisano College of Computing and Information Science

Faculty members at Rochester Institute of Technology are internationally recognized leaders in their fields and expose their students to hands-on, multidisciplinary educational instruction. 

Faculty and students at the Golisano College participate in a vast array of computing research fields, varying from cybersecurity to human-computer interaction and health IT. State-of-the-art facilities and industry partnerships have made the Golisano College a hotbed for innovation in recent years.

Key research areas include:

  • Accessibility
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computing Education
  • Data Science
  • Distributed Systems
  • Game Design and Development
  • Geo Computing
  • Graphics and Visualization
  • Health Informatics
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Interactive Media
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Mobile and Pervasive Computing
  • Networking
  • Programming Languages
  • Security and Privacy
  • Software Engineering
  • Theory

Experiential Learning at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Rochester Institute of Technology has one of the largest cooperative education programs in the world, annually placing more than 4,500 students in more than 6,200 co-op assignments with more than 2,200 employing organizations. A co-op gives students real-world job experience to help inform future career decisions. Students do not pay tuition while on co-op.

In most cases, co-op at Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences begins after students have completed the first two years of their academic program. To fulfill the requirement, co-op students must complete one semester (fall, spring or summer term) of full-time employment (35-to-40 hours a week) or two semesters of part-time employment (15-to-30 hours).

Other experiential learning options are RIT’s study abroad programs and international campuses. RIT operates in five countries abroad and through partnerships with other universities, offers more than 600 programs in more than 60 countries worldwide. Study abroad programs help students gain valuable, unforgettable cross-cultural experiences while further preparing them for success in an increasingly globalized economy. 

Future Employment for Computing & Information Science graduates

Golisano College students are often recruited to work full-time at the same companies where they complete their co-ops, and through our industry partnerships you will gain incredible insight into your chosen field. Learn more at the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.

Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences Alumni

Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences alumni are part of a dynamic network of nearly 135,000 RIT alumni that are making an impact around the globe. Notable alumni include:

Alex Kipman ‘01

Technical fellow, Microsoft; lead product innovator for Microsoft Kinect and Hololens; TIME Magazine's 2011 ‘100 People of the Year'; 2012 National Inventor of the Year by the nonprofit Intellectual Property Foundation.

Tristan E. O’Tierney ‘08

Co-founder of mobile payment company, Square.

John Resig ‘06

Creator of the jQuery JavaScript Library; Dean of Computer Science for Khan Academy; software engineer and entrepreneur.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
(Advanced Certificate)
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 234
Doctoral Degrees 1
Other Advanced Degrees 62

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE
Thesis Alternate accepted
Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 15th February 15th Yes
Spring deadline December 15th December 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
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

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 1.44%
Black or African American 0.78%
White or Caucasian 12%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.11%
Asian 2.66%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 0.89%
Unknown 0.67%


Male (71%)
Female (28%)


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

Location & Contact

Address 20 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY  14623-5603
United States
Contact Dr. Anne Haake
Phone: 585-475-7203
Fax: 585-475-4775

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