Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Introduction

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a top-tier technological research university with global reach and global impact.

The university offers degrees from five schools: Engineering; Science; Architecture; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and the Lally School of Management; as well as an interdisciplinary degree in Information Technology and Web Science.

Driven by talented, dedicated, and forward-thinking faculty, Rensselaer has dramatically expanded its research enterprise by leveraging its existing strengths and focusing on five signature research areas: biotechnology and the life sciences; energy, the environment, and smart systems; computational science and engineering; nanotechnology and advanced materials; and media, arts, science, and technology.

The Institute is especially well-known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the environment, and strengthen economic development.

Academic Approach and Educational Innovations

According to Princeton Review, “Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is simultaneously the oldest technological university in the country and the most modern school of technology in the U.S.”

Since its inception, Rensselaer has focused on “…the application of science to the common purpose of life” through innovative pedagogy. In 1824, students taught what they knew to each other as a means of reinforcing their learning. Today, all students, regardless of major, are equipped with the technology and skills to understand and interpret big data in their chosen fields. Utilizing the most current pedagogical approaches and technology, Rensselaer students are able to collaborate across disciplines, sectors, and regions to address challenges and opportunities critical to our future.

The Center for Architecture Science and the Ecology (CASE) is a perfect example of collaborative research and applied learning in action. Co-located on the Rensselaer campus and in lower Manhattan, CASE unites advanced architectural and engineering practices with scientific research through a unique and intensive collaboration between multiple institutions, manufacturers and professional offices within the building industry. By bringing together ambitious building design professionals with research faculty and advanced students dedicated to the exploration of emerging building technologies, the research center is pushing the boundaries of environmental performance in urban building systems.

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Master of Architecture (M.Arch I)

Campus Full time 2 - 4  August 2017 USA Troy

The master of architecture graduate program is a three and one half year program leading to a NAAB accredited professional degree in architecture. [+]

Still Accepting Applications for May 2015 The practice of architecture in the 21st century is increasingly driven by heightened cultural, social and environmental issues. In response, our top-tier NAAB accredited program offers a comprehensive and dynamic curriculum comprised of digital design, emerging fabrication technologies, environmental simulation software, new materials, and the opportunity to engage in a range of cross-disciplinary collaborations. Situated within the oldest technological institute in the us, the program draws upon a vast resource of science and engineering expertise in support of the school’s commitment to architecture as a project of interdisciplinary and social engagement. We envision the future of architecture transformed by a new generation of design research, creativity, innovation and new methodologies in the service of a socially vibrant and sustainable built environment. Master of Architecture The Master of Architecture graduate program is a three and one half year program leading to a NAAB accredited professional degree in architecture. The program is open to applicants with a baccalaureate or equivalent degree in any discipline or field of study. Students come from the full range of liberal arts, design, science and engineering disciplines and are able to show evidence of analytical and creative skills. The first year of the curriculum constitutes the core foundation of design, technology, history and critical theory courses. The second two years of the curriculum build on the foundation with integrated advanced design studios and seminars. M.Arch Advanced Standing The M.Arch graduate program allows students holding a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree to be considered for advanced standing. Upon review of transcript and portfolio, successful candidates may have up to two design studios waived. The academic advisor and faculty members will review additional course waiver requests. The program begins with advanced design studios and seminars in the fall semester. Coursework opportunities include concentrations in built ecologies, lighting and acoustics. A candidate admitted with advanced standing normally completes degree requirements within two years of full time enrollment. Master of Architecture I - Professional Program The curriculum for this professional degree program parallels the B.Arch. program, albeit in an accelerated manner. It features a distinct pedagogical core through an advanced history and theory course sequence. On average, this degree is completed in three and a half years (one summer plus three academic years). The M.Arch.I degree provides a balanced education in architectural design, history, theory, and technology. As a professional program, it centers on the design studio where projects address myriad design issues through multiple strategies ranging from the design of carefully crafted objects to architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredits the Rensselaer School of Architecture’s Master of Architecture three and a half-year program. [-]

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Master of Science in Applied Mathematics (M.S.)

Campus Full time 1 - 2  January 2017 USA Troy

Graduate students select from a wide range of courses in the department, from upper level undergraduate courses to graduate level courses and special topics courses. As part of the degree requirements, students also take at least one course outside the department. [+]

Still Accepting Applications for August 2015 Applied Mathematics Graduate students select from a wide range of courses in the department, from upper level undergraduate courses to graduate level courses and special topics courses. As part of the degree requirements, students also take at least one course outside the department. Each student must participate in a Capstone Professional Experience. The interdisciplinary nature of many of our research projects has led to strong connections with industry. Of particular interest is our annual Graduate Student Mathematical Modeling (GSMM) Camp, and the annual Workshop on Mathematical Problems in Industry. Additionally, the Mathematics Department provides colloquia and seminars for students to learn about research conducted by visit faculty, other faculty at Rensselaer and fellow students, including the Applied Math Days conference. [-]

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.Eng, M.S.)

Campus Full time 1 - 2  January 2017 USA Troy

The Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) is consistency ranked among the top graduate Chemical Engineering departments in the world, including a rank of #26 by U.S. News & World Report (2015). [+]

Still Accepting Applications for August 2015 The Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) is consistency ranked among the top graduate Chemical Engineering departments in the world, including a rank of #26 by U.S. News & World Report (2015). Faculty and students in CBE at the interface of fundamental sciences and engineering to solve some of the most critical problems facing humanity, including energy, sustainability, human health, and water security. They tackle topics ranging from advancing artificial pancreas technology for people with Type I diabetes, to understanding the behavior of bacteria in the microgravity of space, to using protein engineering, nanotechnology, and other tools to fight cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. CBE Students can pursue research and study in 11 areas: Advanced Materials, Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering, Bionanotechnology, Bioseparations, Complex Fluids, Drug Design and Delivery, Interfacial Phenomena, Metabolic Engineering, Molecular Modeling and Simulations, Process Control and Design, and Synthetic Biology. The M.S. program in Chemical Engineering requires six thesis credits and is generally completed in two years. The M.Eng program involves formal coursework only and can be completed in as little as one year. [-]

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.Eng, M.S.)

Campus Full time 1 - 2  January 2017 USA Troy

Electrical, computer, and systems engineers have long been at the forefront of new discoveries and their integration into advanced design and engineering methodologies. [+]

Still Accepting Applications for August 2015 Electrical, computer, and systems engineers have long been at the forefront of new discoveries and their integration into advanced design and engineering methodologies. The impact of electrical, computer, and systems engineers on society can be seen in areas as diverse as medicine and medical technology, communications, environmental monitoring, energy sources and systems, entertainment and gaming, and advanced transportation systems. Inventions in areas such as integrated electronics and optical devices stimulate innovations in computers, control, and communications and new systems theory and mathematical techniques are then needed for analysis and design. Rensselaer’s Electrical Engineering program is consistency ranked among the top graduate Electrical Engineering departments in the world, including a rank of #27 by U.S. News & World Report (2015). Students interested in Master’s level study can pursue and M.Eng or M.S. degree program. The M.S. degree is a research-based degree, focusing on depth, and can either be a terminal degree or used as preparation for a PhD program. The M.Eng is intended to be a terminal degree and for those who wish to enter professional practice upon completion. Electrical engineering students can pursue research and study in several areas, including: Communications, Information, and Signals and Systems; Computer Engineering, Hardware, and Architecture; Computer Networking; Control, Robotics, and Automation; Energy Sources and Systems; Image Science (Computer Vision, Image Processing, and Geographical Information Science); Microelectronics, Photonics, VLSI, and Mixed-Signal Design; and Plasma Science and Electromagnetics. [-]

Master of Science in Information Technology (M.S.)

Campus Full time 1 - 2  January 2017 USA Troy

Rensselaer’s unique multi-disciplinary degrees offered in the Information Technology and Web Science program allow our students to explore the World Wide Web and other IT technologies from the algorithmic, engineering and social perspective. [+]

Still Accepting Applications for August 2015 Rensselaer’s unique multi-disciplinary degrees offered in the Information Technology and Web Science program allow our students to explore the World Wide Web and other IT technologies from the algorithmic, engineering and social perspective. Students in the program learn about the physical science underlying the Web and the social science of its impact, as well as the skills involved in running large-scale information systems, developing Web applications, or dealing with the social and policy implications of IT and Web deployments. With average starting salaries of $99,000 USD, Rensselaer’s IT graduates are prepared to excel in the workforce in one of eleven concentration areas: Data Science and Analytics, Information Dominance, MIS, Web Science, Software Design and Engineering, Financial Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Database and Intelligent Systems, Networking, Information Systems Engineering, and Information Security. Applicants can be considered for Teaching Assistantships which fully fund tuition and provide a stipend for living expenses for two terms. [-]

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M. Eng, M.S.)

Campus Full time 1 - 2  January 2017 USA Troy

Rensselaer’s Mechanical Engineering program is consistency ranked among the top graduate programs in the world, including a rank of #23 by U.S. News & World Report (2015). [+]

Still Accepting Applications for August 2015 Rensselaer’s Mechanical Engineering program is consistency ranked among the top graduate programs in the world, including a rank of #23 by U.S. News & World Report (2015). Students are engaged in a wide range of activities from fundamental engineering science, especially energetics and mechanics, to the design and manufacture of mechanical components and systems. Among the available degrees are the M.Eng., which is perceived to be more practically oriented and includes a research project; the M.S., which is considered more scholarly or fundamental and must include a thesis. Students can pursue research and study in several areas, including: Mechanics and Materials, Thermal and Fluids Engineering, Design and Manufacturing, and Dynamics and Controls. To accommodate a student’s career plans and interests, the graduate programs are structured to allow great flexibility in choosing appropriate courses, while ensuring sufficient depth and breadth. The professor assigned to or chosen by a student as the adviser has the knowledge to make suggestions of specific courses to further the student’s educational goals. [-]

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