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Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Rochester, NY


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About RIT

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!

Accessible Faculty

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

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 236
Doctoral Degrees 2
Other Advanced Degrees 52

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 0.58%
Black or African American 0.46%
White or Caucasian 10%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.12%
Asian 2.78%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 0.58%
Unknown 1.04%


Male (68%)
Female (31%)


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