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Rochester Institute of Technology

College of Liberal Arts

Rochester, NY


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College of Liberal Arts | Rochester Institute of Technology

The College of Liberal Arts provides students with expertise in the arts, humanities & social sciences. RIT offers a range of critical thinking and writing courses.

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Established in 1829, the Rochester Institute of Technology 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."

Rochester Institute of TechnologyÔÇÖs College of Liberal Arts Overview

The College of Liberal Arts is one of nine colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology. Enrolling more than 700 undergraduate and graduate students, the College of Liberal Arts offers 17 undergraduate majors and five graduate degrees, and two advanced certificate programs. 

The College of Liberal Arts provides students with expertise in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. With more humanities and social sciences courses than most liberal arts colleges, all RIT students can choose from a wide range of critical thinking and writing courses to round out their studies.

Departments and schools include the following:

The Department of Criminal Justice is ranked among the top 50 criminal justice programs nationwide by “College Factual”. 

The College of Liberal Arts sponsors clubs that range from a Pep Band that plays at hockey games to “Signatures Magazine”, an award-winning art and literary publication. College-sponsored clubs are open to any RIT student, regardless of major.

The Department of Performing and Visual Culture offers over 40 events and performances in music, theater, and dance each year. 

College of Liberal Arts undergraduate students have a 95% career outcome rate 6 months after graduation.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

The College of Liberal Arts has funds set aside to help students cover the costs associated with the hands-on, out-of-the-classroom education. Academic advisors will help students navigate the application process to give them the best opportunity to be selected for these funds and grants.

Faculty and research at the College of Liberal Arts

Courses in the College of Liberal Arts are 100% taught by faculty members. Teaching assistants may provide assistance to faculty and students, but without teaching responsibilities. 


While building connections with professors at RIT, students are encouraged to find people who are performing research in an area of their interest. Students may have the opportunity to be hired as a research assistant to gain experience, earn a paycheck, and potentially fulfill their program’s co-op/experiential learning requirement.


Each year, students in the College of Liberal Arts co-author research that is published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences. Most degree programs also include a senior thesis or capstone project for students to dive into a topic of personal interest.

Experiential Learning in the College of Liberal Arts

A degree from the College of Liberal Arts comes with a variety of hands-on, real-world experiences. Through cooperative education and internships, student research, study abroad, the Grand Challenges Scholars Program, and local partnerships, the opportunities are endless for academic and personal growth.

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 is required or strongly encouraged in each of the undergraduate degree programs in the College of Liberal Arts. A co-op gives students real-world job experience to help inform future career decisions. It is full-time, paid work experience directly related to your course of study and career interest. Students do not pay tuition while on co-op.


Future employment for graduates of the College of Liberal Arts

 Rochester area partnerships allow input from industry experts, helping programs stay in-tune to the latest industry trends and employer demands for talent. Partnerships allow employers to tap into the College of Liberal Arts community, ensuring they find the skills and experience they seek in college graduates.

College of Liberal Arts alumni

College of Liberal Arts graduates are part of a dynamic network of nearly 135,000 RIT alumni that are making an impact around the globe. Notable alumni include:

Sophie Schillaci ‘10

Los Angeles-based entertainment reporter, producer, writer and on-air host. She has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Good Morning America and Today, among others, as an expert in entertainment and pop culture.

Adam Fisher ‘10

Stop-motion animator on the 2009 Academy Award-nominated film “Coraline”.

Thomas R. Keene ‘75

Editor at Large, Bloomberg News.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

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

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 23
Other Advanced Degrees 9

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? Yes


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)

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 8.86%
Black or African American 7.59%
White or Caucasian 59%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 2.53%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 2.53%
Unknown 1.27%


Male (29%)
Female (70%)


Focus of faculty research: Technology and media; community based criminal justice; human factors in complex systems; environmental management, innovation and policy;
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY  14623-5603
United States
Contact Dr. James Winebrake
Phone: 585-475-2929
Fax: 585-475-7120

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