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PhD Application Details

MS Application Details

Required Application Materials


PhD Application Details:

Financial Information:

  • For PhD students in good academic standing the department provides a stipend and pays all tuition costs.
  • PhD students are also provided a health insurance plan by the university.
  • To increase your stipend and improve your chances of admission, US applicants should apply to national graduate fellowship programs.


  • All application materials must arrive before 1/5/24 for Fall 2024 admissions.
  • Exceptional candidates will be considered on a case by case basis for spring admission.

Application Process:

  1. Applicants submit their required materials
  2. The applicant pool is narrowed to those to be extended an interview.
  3. Applicants residing in the US are invited on a three day paid visit to the department in early March.
    • Candidates will be interviewed, learn about our research, and enjoy social events.
    • Students outside of the US will be interviewed by telephone.
  4. A faculty committee will identify a set of the interviewed students to admit.
  5. Admission offers are given on a rolling basis until the incoming class is filled.



MS Application Details:


  • The deadline for Fall 2024 admission is February 1, 2024.
  • All required materials (including transcripts and letters of recommendation) must arrive before the deadline.

Financial Information

  • Application Fee: $70
  • Applicants may request a waiver of the application fee in cases of financial hardship. After completing the application except for payment, an applicant may email a request explaining their special circumstances to our master's program coordinator at
  • Partial tuition discounts may be available for qualified students.
  • We do not offer full scholarships or teaching assistantships to MS students.



Required Materials For PhD and MS Applications

  • Personal Statement (Statement of Purpose)
    • For PhD statements, including descriptions of past research experiences, how your training has prepared you for a conducting research, and a high-level discussion of the areas you want to work on may help provide the admissions committee insight into your fit in the program.
    • An expressed interest in work for a specified lab or faculty member may also be beneficial.
  • Diversity Statement
  • Transcripts
    • Please upload scans of your unofficial transcripts to your application --official transcripts will only be required if you are admitted.
  • GRE Scores 
    • PhD applicants are not required to submit GRE Scores
    • MS applicants are required to submit GRE Scores. 
  • English Language Proficiency Scores
    • International students must submit one of the following exam results unless they meet the requirements listed in the English Language Proficiency Exam Waiver section:
      • TOEFL
      • TOEFL iBT Home Edition
      • IELTS
      • Duolingo
    • Information on how to submit exam scores are given in the How to Submit your Exam Scores section. Scores more than two years old from the application deadline are not valid.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

There is no specific minimum threshold on GRE or English language proficiency scores. The admission decision is made based on the overall application package.

English Language Proficiency Exam Waiver

The English proficiency test requirement is waived for citizens of the following countries:

  • Australia 
  • Canada
  • Commonwealth Caribbean Nations
  • Ghana
  • Ireland
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Uganda
  • UK
  • Virgin Islands

The requirement may also be waived if a student has completed at least three years of postsecondary study in one of the countries listed above or the United States. Scores more than two years old from the application deadline are not valid. We reserve the right to require demonstration of English proficiency, even if you have received your degree from one of the above mentioned countries.

How to Submit your Exam Scores

  • GRE and TOEFL scores can be submitted using the code 2928. 
  • Duolingo scores can be submitted by selecting the University of Rochester as the recipient of the scores. 
  • For IELTS scores, please use the following address:
University of Rochester 
Graduate Studies - AS&E
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd
PO Box 270401
Rochester, NY 14627  


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PhD Fellowships
Fellowship  Monetary GrantYear To ApplyRestrictions
ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships $5kResearching HPC, networking,
Apple PhD fellowship in AI/ML $40k stipend + $5k travel.3-4Invite Only
Center for Machine Learning and Health Fellowships in Digital Health Innovation Researching digital health
Croucher Scholarships for Doctoral Study $35.7k stipendPermanent resident of Hong Kong
DoD SMART Fellowship Citizen of US, AU, CA, NZ, or UK
Ford Foundation Fellowships $27kUS citizens or permanent residents
GEM Graduate Fellowship 0US citizen or permanent resident
Google PhD Fellowship Coursework completed
Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity (GFSD) $20k stipendUS citizens
Hertz Fellowship $34k stipend1US citizen or permanent resident
IBM Fellowship $40k stipend2+ years remaining
J.P. Morgan PhD Fellowship 3-4
Jane Street Graduate Fellowships $45k stipend + $5k2-6
Korean American Scholarship Foundation $500 - $5k
Link Foundation Fellowship $34kWorking on Modeling,
Meta Research PhD Fellowship $42k
Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship $42k stipend3
NDSEG Fellowship $43.2k stipend + $5k travel1-2US citizen or national
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) $37k stipend + $16k education1-2US citizen or permanent resident
NVIDIA Fellowship $60k2+
Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship $100kTeams of 2 students
Siebel Scholars Program $25K stipend + $10KFinal
Soros Fellowships for New Americans $25k stipend + $20k tuition1-2Must be under 31 years old
Two Sigma PhD Fellowship $75k stipend + $10k3-4
US DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF) $45k stipend0-1US citizens or permanent resident
US DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program US citizen or permanent resident