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Graduate Program


The University of Rochester provides equal opportunity in admissions and student aid regardless of sex, age, race, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and national or ethnic origin. In addition, the University complies with all applicable nondiscrimination laws.

Online Application

A complete graduate application includes the following materials:

  • Online application 
  • Personal statement 
  • Transcripts of college and university grades (unofficial documents are accepted when applying to the program; official transcripts are required during the admission process)
  • Resume/CV  
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted electronically
  • GRE scores for PhD applicants (University code 2928 and Department code 1403)*
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-native English speakers**

*GRE reporting is optional for the master’s applications. If a GRE score is self-reported, an official score report from ETS is required for score verification.

**TOEFL minimum score is 600 for the paper-based test, IBT is 95 (University code 7267, department code 69). IELTS minimum band score of 7.0.

The online application deadline for fall admission is January 15. There is a $60 application fee.  

Questions about applying to the materials science graduate program? Contact Gina Eagan at (585) 275-1626 or

Special Information for International Students

Any documents or letters submitted in support of your application should be in English or should be accompanied by an English translation. Please do not send secondary school records.

To obtain a visa for study in the United States, international students must present the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) at a US consulate or embassy and demonstrate full proof of ability to pay all tuition and living expenses for the first year of study.

Note: University fellowships may not cover all of these expenses; students will ordinarily need some additional funds. The International Services Office will issue the I-20 or DS-2019 after a student has been admitted, paid the required admission deposit, and demonstrated proof of his/her ability to pay all expenses for at least the first year of study.

For more information, contact the International Services Office.