How to Apply

Admission to graduate programs in Arts, Sciences & Engineering is highly competitive. A qualified applicant needs a strong academic record, as evidenced by high grades in relevant coursework and strong performance on the GREs, as well as comprehensive letters of recommendation. Additionally, many applicants have research experiences that have resulted in publications.

We recommended that applicants review the program/department website to determine how their interests align with the program’s research and academic focus. You can also see the University's general standardized test requirements below.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Your application and all supporting materials must be submitted by the deadline set by the program to which you are applying. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable and encouraged for the application process. Official transcripts should only be sent upon admission. Official transcripts sent at the time of application will not be archived to verify degree conferral upon acceptance.

Each program has its own specific requirements and deadlines. See your department or program’s application page below for more information.

Department and Program Application Pages
Biomedical engineeringLinguistics
Brain and cognitive sciences Literary translation
Chemical engineering Mathematics
ChemistryMaterials science
Computer scienceMechanical engineering
Data scienceOptics
Diagnostic imagingPhilosophy
EconomicsPhysics and astronomy
Electrical engineeringPolitical science
English: Selznick film preservationTechnical entrepreneurship and management
GeosciencesVisual and cultural studies

Standardized Test Requirements


GRE requirements vary by program. Please check application requirements for your proposed program for details on which tests are required.

Sending scores to the University of Rochester—All official test scores should be reported directly to the University of Rochester. Please be sure to use the exact same spelling of your name on both your application and test score report.

The GRE institutional code for the University of Rochester is 2928. You can request Educational Testing Service to send your scores directly to the University.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

All international students whose native language is not English are required to provide proof of English language proficiency through the submission of official test scores from one of the following exams. Scores more than two years old from the application deadline are not valid.

  • TOEFL or TOEFL iBT Home Edition
  • Duolingo

Send IELTS scores to the following address:

University of Rochester
Graduate Studies – AS&E
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd
P.O. Box 270401
Rochester NY 14627

TOEFL scores can be submitted using the code 2928 (A department code is not necessary).

Duolingo score can be sent directly to the University of Rochester at no cost.

Check Application Status

To ensure that the Office of Admissions has received all your application materials, visit your application status page.