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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Application Requirements

All applicants should pay particular attention to requirements that apply to specific schools and their departments:

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Schools

Architecture Application Requirements

Master of Architecture (MArch) – Professional Design Program

  • Fall start date only
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
  • Portfolio of creative work

Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch) – Post-Professional Design Program

  • Fall start date only
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
  • Portfolio of creative work

Acoustics, M.S., Ph.D. – Architectural Sciences Research Program

  • Fall start date only
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
  • GRE general test

Built Ecologies, M.S., Ph.D. – Architectural Sciences Research Program

  • Fall start date only
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
  • GRE general test
  • Portfolio of creative work

Lighting, M.S., Ph.D. – Architectural Sciences Research Program

  • Fall start date only
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
  • GRE general test
  • A statement of interest and an example of analytical and/or creative work relevant to your background and interest in lighting

Visit the School of Architecture website

Engineering Application Requirements

Aeronautical Engineering, M.Eng., M.S., Ph.D.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

Biomedical Engineering, M.Eng., M.S., D.Eng., Ph.D.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)

Chemical Engineering, M.Eng., M.S., Ph.D.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)

Civil Engineering, M.Eng., M.S., Ph.D.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)

Computer and Systems Engineering, M.Eng., M.S., Ph.D.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)

Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems, Ph.D.

  • Fall start date only
  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)

Electrical Engineering, M.Eng., M.S., Ph.D.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)

Engineering Physics, M.S., Ph.D.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

Engineering Science, Ph.D.

  • For current Rensselaer graduate students. Admission is possible after acceptance into a traditional degree program.

Environmental Engineering, M.Eng., M.S., Ph.D.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)

Industrial and Management Engineering, M.Eng., M.S.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
  • If interested in a Ph.D., see Decision Sciences & Engineering Systems.

Materials Engineering, M.Eng., M.S., D.Eng., Ph.D.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

Mechanical Engineering, M.Eng., M.S., D.Eng., Ph.D.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

Nuclear Engineering, M.Eng., M.S., D.Eng.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

Nuclear Engineering and Science, Ph.D.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

Systems Engineering and Technology Management, M.Eng.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
  • If interested in Ph.D., see Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems

Transportation Engineering, M.Eng., M.S., Ph.D.

  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)

Visit the School of Engineering website

Lally School of Management Application Requirements

Business Analytics, M.S.

  • Fall start date only
  • GMAT (preferred), GRE accepted
  • Statement of Background and Goals
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
  • TOEFL speaking subscore of 22 or IELTS speaking subscore of 6.5*

Supply Chain Management, M.S.

  • Fall start date only
  • GMAT (preferred), GRE accepted
  • Statement of Background and Goals
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
  • TOEFL speaking subscore of 22 or IELTS speaking subscore of 6.5*

Management, M.S.

  • Fall start date only
  • GMAT (preferred), GRE accepted
  • Statement of Background and Goals
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
  • TOEFL speaking subscore of 22 or IELTS speaking subscore of 6.5*

Management, Ph.D.

  • GRE general test or GMAT
  • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

Management, MBA

  • Fall start date only
  • GMAT (preferred), GRE accepted
  • Statement of Background and Goals
  • Work experience preferred, but will consider qualified applicants without work experience
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
  • TOEFL speaking subscore of 22 or IELTS speaking subscore of 6.5*

Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics (QFRA), M.S.

  • Fall start date only
  • GMAT (preferred), GRE accepted
  • Statement of Background and Goals
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
  • TOEFL speaking subscore of 22 or IELTS speaking subscore of 6.5*

Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (TC&E), M.S.

  • Fall start date only
  • GMAT (preferred), GRE accepted
  • Statement of Background and Goals
  • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
  • TOEFL speaking subscore of 22 or IELTS speaking subscore of 6.5*

    *Recommended

    If you have three or more years of full-time work experience and apply to a Lally master's degree you may substitute the Rensselaer Success Indicator for the GRE or GMAT. Please contact Natalie Sutera for more information.

    Visit the Lally School of Management website

    Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Application Requirements

    Cognitive Science, Ph.D.

    • Fall start date only
    • GRE general test
    • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

    Communication and Rhetoric, M.S., Ph.D.

    • Fall and spring start dates only for M.S.; fall start date only for Ph.D.
    • GRE general test
    • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
    • Indication of previous teaching experience, if applicable, is helpful
    • Scholarly writing sample required for the Ph.D.

    Electronic Arts, Ph.D.

    • Fall start date only
    • Artistic portfolio
    • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)
    • Tentative Ph.D. research proposal
    • Scholarly writing sample (published or previous graduate thesis)

    Science and Technology Studies, Ph.D.

    • Fall start date only for Ph.D.
    • GRE general test
    • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)
    • Scholarly writing sample required for Ph.D.

    Visit the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences website

    Science Application Requirements

    Applied Mathematics, M.S.

    • GRE general test
    • GRE subject test is encouraged
    • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

    Applied Science, M.S.

    • GRE general test
    • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

    Astronomy, M.S.

    • GRE general test
    • GRE subject test in physics
    • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

    Biochemistry/Biophysics, M.S.
    Biochemistry/Biophysics, Ph.D.

    • GRE general test
    • GRE subject test in biology, physics, chemistry, or biochemistry is encouraged
    • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

    Biological Sciences, M.S., Ph.D.

    • Fall start date only
    • GRE general test
    • GRE subject test in any of the sciences is encouraged
    • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)

    Chemistry, M.S., Ph.D.

    • GRE general test
    • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)

    Computer Science, M.S.
    Computer Science, Ph.D.

    • GRE general test
    • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)

    Geology, M.S.
    Geology, Ph.D.

    • GRE general test
    • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)

    Mathematics, M.S.
    Mathematics, Ph.D.

    • Fall and spring start dates only, no summer
    • GRE general test
    • GRE subject test is encouraged
    • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

    Multidisciplinary Science, M.S.
    Multidisciplinary Science, Ph.D.

    • GRE general test
    • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

    Physics, M.S.
    Physics, Ph.D.

    • GRE general test
    • GRE subject test in physics
    • TOEFL score of 250 CBT/100 iBT/600 PBT (IELTS 7.0 or PTE 68)

    Visit the School of Science website

    IT and Web Science Application Requirements

    Information Technology, M.S.

    • GRE general test or GMAT
    • IT Background Evaluation Form (available online)
    • TOEFL score of 230 CBT/88 iBT/570 PBT (IELTS 6.5 or PTE 60)

    Visit the IT and Web Science website