1. What is the relationship between the Rensselaer Hartford Campus, the Rensselaer Groton Site, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute?

2. Do I have to apply to take classes?

3. How is an application evaluated?

4. When should I apply?

5. How long does the application process take?

6. Do you require standardized test scores?

7. How long does it take to complete a degree and how long does a student have to complete all the requirements?

8. Are your programs accredited?

9. When are classes scheduled?

10. Will I have an advisor?

11. How many classes can be transferred or waived?

12. What is the tuition?

13. Do you offer Financial Aid?

14. Do I need Immunization Verification?

15. If I still have questions, what should I do?

1. What is the relationship between the Rensselaer Hartford Campus, the Rensselaer Groton Site, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute?

Rensselaer's Hartford Campus is a branch campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, offering Master's Degrees and professional development courses. The Rensselaer Groton Site serves students in southeastern Connecticut, offering graduate programs of the Rensselear Hartford Campus. Students at Rensselaer's Hartford Campus and the Rensselaer Groton Site earn Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute master's degrees.

2. Do I have to apply to take classes?

Anyone wanting to take classes at Rensselaer must apply and be admitted. Although Rensselaer requires the formal admission of all students prior to registering for a credit course (even if you are not seeking a degree), the process is designed to be both streamlined and flexible. We also offer an online application that can be accessed at: http://apply.rpi.edu/apply/.

3. How is an application evaluated?

The review process is designed to comprehensively evaluate an applicant's academic and professional background. Some factors include: the undergraduate or graduate school attended, the applicant's major, the year graduated, subsequent course work, performance in key subjects, rank in class (if available), awards and/or honors received, letters of recommendations, a personal statement of goals, resume, and standardized test scores.

4. When should I apply?

The rolling admission process allows you to apply and enter a program in August or January. The posted application deadline is January 1st for August matriculation and August 15th for January matriculation. We understand that part-time students, particularly working professionals, may need additional time to prepare the application and required materials. To ensure a smooth transition to graduate study at Rensselaer, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office if you need extra time to prepare your application materials. All applications should be in at least one month prior to the start of the term for admissions consideration.

5. How long does the application process take?

As soon as all of your materials are received your application will be considered for a decision. You will then be contacted in writing with the admissions decision.

6. Do you require standardized test scores?

For all degree-seeking applicants, official test scores are required and must be requested from the testing organization. Rensselaer's ETS code is 2757

  • Copies of these scores may be uploaded to your online application, but will be used only until official scores are received.
  • GRE or GMAT reports should reflect test scores dated within five years. Older scores are not available from ETS.
  • Please be aware that it may take up to four weeks for official test scores to be received by Enrollment Management.

Part-time applicants to master’s program in Engineering are required to submit a GRE.

7. How long does it take to complete a degree and how long does a student have to complete all the requirements?

The primary mission of Rensselaer is to provide education for working professionals. Classes are held once a week, in the evenings or on weekends, on a trimester basis. A student sets his or her own pace depending upon the number of classes he or she decides to take each term. All work for a 30-credit Master's degree must be completed within three calendar years, beginning with the date on the original acceptance letter.

8. Are your programs accredited?

Yes. Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education of the State of Connecticut.

9. When are classes scheduled?

Classes are held Monday-Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and on alternating or consecutive Saturdays. Each course meets once a week.

10. Will I have an advisor?

Each student, whether matriculated or non-matriculated, is assigned a faculty advisor.

11. How many classes can be transferred or waived?

A student may transfer up to six credit hours of appropriate graduate work upon approval. The process must be approved by the faculty advisor and department chair, and the course must be taken within a five year period of the student’s application. Transfer courses must be the same subject, depth, and breadth of a course offered by Rensselaer. A student may also request, in writing, that a substitute course be used in place of a core management course when the student has great depth of knowledge (at the graduate school level) in that subject.

12. What is the tuition?

Beginning with the Fall 2014 term, tuition is charged at the standard rate of $1545 per credit hour of graduate instruction. Certain cohort programs have different pricing structures. Go to the Tuition and Payment page.

13. Do you offer Financial Aid?

Rensselaer participates in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program and administers the Federal Stafford Loan to help you manage graduate education expenses. The Stafford Loan requires enrollment of at least six credits. For further requirements and Financial Aid options, please review the Financial Aid section of the Web site. You may contact the Financial Aid Office at (860) 548-2406 or (800) 433- 4723, ext. 2406 to request financial application materials, or go to the online Financial Aid section of the Web site.

14. Do I need Immunization Verification?

Connecticut State Law requires that all students born after December 31, 1956 and enrolled in postsecondary schools be protected against measles, mumps, and rubella. In addition, beginning August 1, 2010, students born on or after January 1, 1980 must also provide proof of immunization against varicella (chicken pox). Click here to access Rensselaer's Immunization Verification Certificate Form.

15. If I still have questions, what should I do?

Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Personnel are available to answer your questions over the phone. For more information, please call (518) 276-6216 or e-mail: gradadmissions@rpi.edu.


Updated: 2016-05-16, 14:53