An applicant who wishes to be considered for either a MS or PhD in Imaging Science must apply via the RIT Graduate Programs Office, where the RIT admissions staff will route your application to the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science Graduate Admissions Committee.

The Graduate Admissions Committee typically starts the evaluation of applications soon after the January 15 deadline. Applicants seeking financial assistance from the Center must have all application documents submitted to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services by January 15 for the next academic year.

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Admission Requirements

Students with diverse backgrounds are accepted into the program, given that Imaging Science encompasses a wide variety of scientific disciplines. Undergraduate preparation leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, physics, computer science, applied mathematics, or one of the natural sciences is usually required, but exceptional students from other fields may be accepted. All students admitted to the MS or PhD in Imaging Science must have completed courses in the following areas:

  • Calculus
  • University physics (one year)
  • Modern physics
  • Computer language

Admissions decisions are made by a committee comprised of graduate faculty of the Center for Imaging Science. To be admitted, students must (i) have a record of academic achievement from their undergraduate institutions, as indicated by official transcripts, (ii) demonstrate proficiency on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), (iii) provide a personal statement that describes their interest in Imaging Science in general and a specific field within Imaging Science, (iv) submit a curriculum vita (CV/resume), and request letters of recommendation from two people that are well-qualified to judge their abilities for graduate study.

Students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English, as evidenced, for example, by a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based), or 100 (Internet based). Students whose native language is not English are advised to obtain as high a TOEFL score as possible if they wish to apply for a teaching or research assistantship. These candidates are also encouraged to take the TSE-A (Test of Spoken English), in order to be considered for financial assistance.

Assistantships and Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships and tuition remission scholarships are available to qualified students. These students typically are funded as Graduate Teaching Assistants during their first year, and as Research Assistants thereafter. The stipend for a newly accepted PhD student is currently $20,000. Pro-rated summer quarter support is generally available once a student has begun work with a research advisor. 

Further Information

For more information on Imaging Science graduate program requirements, policies, and procedures, as well as capsule course descriptions and tables of key events during study for the MS or PhD in Imaging Science, please see the Graduate Handbook.