Rensselaer at Hartford is housed in its own eight-story building on fifteen landscaped acres in downtown Hartford.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America's oldest technological research university. We employ the world's newest approaches to leadership, engineering, computer science, and information technology. From its inception in 1955, Rensselaer at Hartford has delivered graduate-level degree programs and advanced professional education designed specifically for current and future strategic leaders and professionals. Our program content flows from Rensselaer's research strengths, scholarship, and unique academic programs, and is more market-oriented than traditional academic programs.
Rensselaer is the only university in the area with a global perspective and we are dedicated to providing an interactive learning environment for students who are seeking cutting-edge knowledge and high-level capabilities while they hone their leadership competencies and enhance their analytical and innovative thinking. With dramatic increases in the rate of change, working professionals expect and demand an academic environment that fits their evolving needs in a fast-paced world. We provide world-class education through our faculty, experts in their fields, who possess not only academic credentials and scholarship, but also industry expertise and experience. Their knowledge and background are grounded in sound scholarship and best practices on a global basis.
With over 90,000 alumni, including 20,000 from the Hartford campus, our graduates change the world every day. Our goal is to have Rensselaer graduates — strategic leaders, senior professionals, managers, entrepreneurs, and individuals with high potential — become architects of their futures and significant contributors to their organizations and society.
The Hartford Campus and the Groton Site provide a challenging educational environment and a dynamic learning experience for students who need to balance their professional, academic, and personal lives.
Education for Working Professionals
Education for Working Professionals (EWP) is one of Rensselaer's core enterprises and encompasses a range of programs designed specifically for current and future workforce leaders with a range of high-end, customized, degree, certificate, and professional development programs. Program content flows from Rensselaer's research strengths and unique academic programs. The EWP organization supports the Rensselaer vision by forging strategic partnerships with businesses, governments, universities, and innovative professionals who impact society and technology around the nation and the world.
Master's Degree Programs
The Hartford Campus offers graduate programs in Business Administration, Management, Computer Science, Computer and Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Information Technology. Specialized programs include the Executive MBA (EMBA), the Cohort MBA, and the International Scholars Program (ISP). Courses are delivered by faculty with significant industry experience, outstanding academic credentials and scholarship, and exceptional teaching skills whose expertise is grounded in sound research and best practices on a global basis. Each course is designed to meet the needs of working professionals seeking to advance their careers and enhance the success of their organizations.
Graduate Certificate Programs
Several graduate certificates are available in Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering. For working professionals not seeking a complete master's degree, Rensselaer's Graduate Certificate programs are tailored to enhance or update skills in a shorter period of time. They have a selective focus and require that a student successfully complete three or four courses in a specific area of study. With an advisor's approval, credits earned may be subsequently applied as electives toward a master's degree.
International Scholars Program
Rensselaer's International Scholars Program (ISP) is an accelerated master's degree program for recent college graduates which includes a ten-week summer term abroad. ISP provides students with the edge they need as they make the transition from college to the working world. The Rensselaer International Scholar will earn an MBA, with global emphasis on trade, innovation, security, and competitiveness. ISP students will visit major corporations in Rome and Shanghai, and will be taught by world leaders in industry.
Executive and Professional Education
At Rensselaer, there is a firm believer in lifelong education, and we encourage executives and other working professionals to passionately pursue learning throughout their careers. A range of professional development programs and services are offered at the Hartford Campus. These noncredit programs are designed to provide working professionals and organizations with the critical skills needed to be effective in today's dynamic workplace. Rensselaer offers services designed to help companies and individuals understand and define their developmental needs. Services include: needs assessment, custom program development, executive coaching, and multiple delivery options and locations. See the Executive and Professional Development section for more information.
Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education of the State of Connecticut, and by a number of professional and academic societies. Rensselaer's Lally School of Management and Technology is an accredited member of AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
Affirmative Action Policy
Rensselaer admits qualified students without regard to age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, marital status, or disability. Rensselaer is committed to equal access and equal opportunity. Should you require special accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs offered, please contact the Director of Operations and Facilities at (860) 548-5392. Alternative formats of course material may be provided upon request.