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Graduate Program

Applying

Applications for Fall admissions for the program are due by January 15. Please use the online application and note all material submitted will be uploaded to your application record. 

Application documents:

  • Personal statement 
  • Transcripts of college and university grades- unofficial documents are acceptable
  • Resume/CV  
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted electronically
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-native English speakers**

**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. 

There is a $60 application fee. Fee will be waived for applications submitted by November 1st.

If your file is not complete, the Graduate Admissions Committee cannot make a decision on your application.

The majority of financial aid is awarded to students beginning their graduate program in the fall and therefore spring admission are not offered.

Questions regarding the University of Rochester’s online application should be directed to gradstudies@mail.rochester.edu or (585) 275-4153.

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

Financial Aid

The University of Rochester offers fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships on a competitive basis for full-time graduate study.  Applicants are encouraged to apply for outside funding. Click here to search for suitable opportunities.  

PhD Students

Our full-time PhD students receive competitive teaching or research assistantships comprising of an annual stipend of $29,600, medical benefits, and full coverage of graduate tuition. The details of a particular student's financial offer can vary depending upon specific circumstances and will be specified in a letter sent to each student at the time that an admission offer is made.

MS Students

MS students typically receive a tuition waiver of their registered credit hours. The details of a particular student's financial offer can vary depending upon specific circumstances and will be specified in a letter sent to each student at the time that an admission offer is made.

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, please visit http://iso.rochester.edu/study/index.html

Equal Opportunity Policy

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.