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Rochester Institute of Technology

College of Science

Rochester, NY


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Rochester Institute of Technology


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 110 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. Last year, RIT provided more than $24 million in aid to 2,600 graduate students.

"U.S. News and World Report" has ranked RIT as one of the top 100 national universities and RIT is again included in the "Princeton Review's" list of Best Graduate Business Schools as well as Fiske Guide's list of "Best Value" Universities.

College of Science

RIT's College of Science provides a nurturing educational environment within which to earn a highly marketable degree that serves students well, whether they choose to pursue a career in industry or attend graduate school in science or a related field. The formula for success starts with a challenging curriculum. Add a laboratory-intensive environment and a talented, dedicated, accessible faculty, and you will multiply your career and graduate study opportunities exponentially. In addition to the traditional sciences, mathematics and statistics, and life sciences, RIT's College of Science offers innovative programs in biotechnology, bioinformatics, imaging science, and several other fields.

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The College of Science's ability to offer incredible laboratories, teaching, and research facilities for its students is stronger than ever. In the College of Science, many classes are taught in multimedia-supported classrooms and labs that allow the use of computer modeling, 3-D imaging, and virtual reality for conducting experiments. All departments have laboratories with excellent facilities that are equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia technology, providing students with cutting-edge, career-oriented learning experiences.

The college's labs include the Organic lab, the RIT Magnetic Resonance Laboratory web, NanoPower Research Lab, Center for Bioscience Education and Technology (CBET), Munsell Color Science Lab, and a Visual Perception Laboratory. The science labs have subject-specific equipment, computers, and software that are up to date with industry standards. Graduate students have access to all of the college's academic facilities, technology, and equipment.

Room for Expansion

The Center for Bioscience Education and Technology (CBET) is housed in a 35,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that will allow RIT to expand its multi-faceted academic and training programs and to produce a new generation of graduates with the specialized skills needed to meet emerging career opportunities in the life sciences and to drive future bioscience innovation and discovery for the 21st century.

College of Science Facilities

In the College of Science's Gosnell Building, students will find nine classrooms, 22 teaching laboratories, and 16 research laboratories, including a thin films laboratory, an animal care facility, a plasma etching laboratory, an electronics laboratory, and a nuclear magnetic resonance laboratory.

The Bates Science Study Center provides a wireless computing environment for tutor and study sessions. The Center for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Technology houses an additional 9 classrooms, 3 computer centers, 2 statistical computing laboratories, 5 science laboratories, a laser light scattering laboratory, a greenhouse, and dozens of community spaces for small group study, projects, and informal gatherings. The Carlson Center for Imaging Science provides several specialized labs in visual perception, color science, digital imaging, novel image processing, remote sensing, optics, and imaging systems. Our Center for Bioscience and Technology houses world-class teaching and research laboratories to support our biomedical sciences, physician assistant, and diagnostic medical sonography programs.

It also supports the Excellus Center for Bioscience Exploration and Discovery, which offers training workshops for the bioscience and healthcare industries as well as K-12 and community education programs. RIT's observatory features computer controlled 16-inch and 10-inch telescopes and 4 portable telescopes and the university has a new supercomputer cluster for astrophysics research at the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation in the School of Mathematical Sciences.

Dedicated Faculty

The College of Science has an ideal size and philosophy to provide a quality education. The College has over 120 faculty members in the sciences, health professions, and mathematics. All are committed to the education of graduate students and most hold a Ph.D. degree. They provide a variety of faculty expertise, so students are likely to find a faculty member with similar interests to act as a mentor.

Its' faculty members are dedicated teachers who also practice their professions outside of the classroom in research and other professional activities. Because many of them are active in research and consulting, faculty bring real-world issues into the classroom and challenge students to evaluate the latest scientific developments. The college's students are encouraged to work with faculty members as they pursue their research. Many joint student-faculty research projects have resulted in publication in professional literature.

Graduate Programs Offered

RIT's College of Science offers comprehensive, innovative graduate programs in a range of scientific disciplines. The College offers the following graduate programs:

- Applied and Computational Mathematics MS
- Applied Statistics MS
- Architecture M.Arch
- Astrophysical Sciences and Technology MS
- Astrophysical Sciences and Technology Ph.D.
- Bioinformatics MS
- Chemistry MS
- Color Science Ph.D.
- Color Science MS
- Environmental Health & Safety Management MS
- Environmental Science MS
- Health Systems Administration MS
- Health Systems Finance Advanced Cert.
- Imaging Science Ph.D.
- Imaging Science MS
- Materials Science and Engineering MS
- Mathematical Modeling PhD
- Medical Illustration MFA
- Medical Informatics MS
- Senior Living Management Advanced Cert.
- Statistical Quality Advanced Cert.
- Statistical Methods for Product & Process Improvement Advanced Cert.
- Sustainability Ph.D.
- Sustainable Engineering MS, MS
- Sustainable Systems MS

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

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

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 47
Doctoral Degrees 4
Other Advanced Degrees 3

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes
Terminal master's degree 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 (for some programs)
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0 (recommended)
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE
Doctoral 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
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 1.57%
Black or African American 1.57%
White or Caucasian 50%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 1.57%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 2.52%
Unknown 3.77%


Male (60%)
Female (39%)


Focus of faculty research: Advancing STEM teaching, learning, and evaluation; applied and computational mathematics; computational relativity and gravitation; advanced sensor technologies/detectors; materials science and engineering; data and predictive analytics; digital and remote sensing; multi-wavelength astrophysics; magnetic resonance; vision research; color science
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 84 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY  14623-5604
United States
Contact Dr. Sophia Maggelakis
Phone: 585-475-5221
Fax: 585-475-2398