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Graduate Education at Rochester

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Outstanding scholarly and professional achievement: These are the goals of graduate study at the University. Admission is selective, the environment intimate and challenging. Here, promising candidates work closely with faculty to develop in-depth knowledge of their chosen fields as they establish themselves as independent, innovative scholars.

The University of Rochester offers graduate students the chance to pursue research at the highest level in an environment scaled to the individual. Graduate education is central to the mission of all schools and is an important vehicle for the missions of both research and professional preparation.

At one of the nation's leading universities, graduate students at Rochester work closely with faculty who are at the forefront of their fields. Students have exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study that few universities can match.

View our full listing of graduate programs



World-Class Environment and Resources

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Samuel Morse, OMEGA Facility Division Director at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, leads a tour of the OMEGA lasers.

The University's libraries, research facilities, departments, and schools each offer unique opportunities for intellectual, scientific, and artistic growth. For example, the Sibley Music Library, in expansive quarters at the Eastman School of Music, is one of the major music research libraries in the world. The Laboratory for Laser Energetics operates the most powerful ultraviolet laser in the world. The Institute of Optics is widely considered the nation's premier optics school and leads the country in basic optical research.

Federally sponsored awards to Rochester’s researchers continue to do well annually, despite flat government funding recently in real dollars.  In fiscal year 2011, Rochester was awarded $210 million from the National Institutes of Health, $72 million from the Department of Energy, and $14.5 million from the National Science Foundation, and expended in excess of $407 million for sponsored activities, an increase of 3.7 percent from fiscal year 2010.

The combination of research excellence and personal scale is seen when analyzing total award dollars of highly-competitive NSF grants normalized by the number of faculty. Year after year, this research productivity consistently puts Rochester in the top 15 funded institutions among universities nationwide when size is taken into account.

Recent Rankings

Evidence of the quality of Rochester's programs can be found in a variety of sources:

  • US News and World Report 2019:
    • National universities: 34th
    • Best value schools: 24th
    • Best graduate schools—physics (atomic, molecular, and optical): 10th
    • Best graduate schools—political science: 17th
    • Best graduate schools—economics: 21st
    • Best graduate schools—Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: 45th
  • US News and World Report: Medical schools 2019:
    • Best graduate schools—medicine research: 32nd
    • Best graduate schools—primary care: 32nd
  • Financial Times Top MBAs for Women 2018:
    • World business schools: 21st (Simon)
    • US business schools: 13th (Simon)

Contact the University Dean of Graduate Studies 

Melissa Sturge-Apple
Vice Provost and University Dean of Graduate Education
University of Rochester
260 Wallis Hall
PO Box 200015 
Rochester, NY 14627
585.275.3540

Alternate contact:

Deborah Randle, MBA
Manager, University Graduate Studies
University of Rochester
259 Wallis Hall
PO Box 200015
Rochester, NY 14627
585.275.9093