Apply to Rochester

All parts of the application listed below must be submitted online. No hard copies should be sent to the department. 

PhD Program

Applications to the PhD program consist of the following parts:

  • Online application
  • Application fee: $70
  • Transcripts (please scan transcripts to the online application; original transcript will be required upon admission)
  • GRE general test (code 2928 and department code 1801) (GRE is required)
  • TOEFL or TOEFL iBT Home Edition - if applicable (school code 2928 and department code 84)
    • TOEFL can be waived if you have completed a bachelor's degree from an English-speaking school located in one of the countries listed below:
      • Australia
      • Canada
      • Commonwealth Caribbean Nations
      • Ghana
      • Ireland
      • Kenya
      • Liberia
      • New Zealand
      • Nigeria
      • Singapore
      • South Africa
      • Uganda
      • United Kingdom
      • United States
      • Virgin Islands
    • TOEFL must be up to date and no older than two years
    • IELTS are accepted
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Personal statement (there is no word limit, but should at least be a page long)


All application materials are due December 15, 2023 for fall 2024 admission.

PhD Applicants                

Visa Requirements

Applicants who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the US should read the visa requirements page for additional information.


The University of Rochester provides equal opportunity in admissions and student aid regardless of sex, age, race, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin. Furthermore, the University complies with all applicable nondiscrimination laws.