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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)

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Lally School of Management Application Requirements

Business Analytics, M.S.

  • Fall start date only
  • GMAT (preferred), GRE accepted
  • Personal Statement letter
  • 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
  • Personal Statement letter
  • 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. (not accepting applications Fall 2019)

  • Fall start date only
  • GMAT (preferred), GRE accepted
  • Personal Statement letter
  • 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
  • Personal Statement letter
  • 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
  • Personal Statement letter
  • 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
  • Personal Statement letter
  • 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

    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, 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.

    Economics, M.S.

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

    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