To begin a career in engineering, you'll need both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree, which would typically take at least six years of college. Admission to the master's program usually requires a strong score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
The Graduate Engineering at Rochester (GEAR) program allows you to skip the exam and accelerate your education, earning both your bachelor's and master's degrees in just five years. When accepted to the GEAR program as an undergraduate, you're also given assurance of admission to the University's Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (located right on Rochester's main campus) in one of nine master's programs:
GEAR students serve as teaching assistants during their final year, which pays for 50% of tuition. The program also provides advising by GEAR mentors, plenty of opportunities for research and internships, and access to first-rate research facilities.
In addition to the regular application requirements for the College, GEAR applicants must also complete the Combined-Admissions Programs (CAPs) application form linked below.
Complete freshman applications must be received by 12:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, December 1.
Complete transfer applications must be received by 12:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, March 15.
Learn more about the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the full spectrum experience at Rochester.
AP credit for EES103 and MTH161 brought in from high school
|BME101||Intro to Biomedical Engineering|
|CHM131||CHM Concepts/Sys./Pract. I|
|CHM132||CHM Concepts/Sys./Pract. II|
|BIO110||Principles of Biology I|
|BME201||Fundamentals of Biomechanics|
|BME201P||MATLAB for BME|
|MTH165||Linear Alg. w/ Diff. Equations|
|PHY122||Electricity and Magnetism|
|Student studied abroad in Sydney, Australia, and received credit for BME210, ME226, and two electives.|
|ME110||Intro to CAD and Drawing (2 credits)|
|ME225||Intro to Fluid Dynamics|
|BME230||BME Signals ∓ Measurements|
|BIO190||Genetics and the Human Genome|
|BIO198P||Principles of Genetics Lab|
|BME295||BME Design Seminar (2 credits)|
|BME296||BME Design Project|
|Master||Two master's-level courses|
Master's Program in BME: This student would have completed two courses towards his/her master's degree during his/her senior year; the rest of the credits needed (22-24) could be divided among the summer, fall, and spring semesters after senior year to complete the master's degree. All GEAR students should speak with Kelly Johnson and their faculty advisor to plan out their own schedule.
"The GEAR program opens up an extra year of study for students who truly enjoy learning and want to continue their education beyond a bachelor's degree. Engineers have some of the most rigid schedules, so the extra year really helps, especially when fitting in study abroad."
Courtney Stewart '12
Hometown: Oakdale, CT
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minor: Biomedical Engineering
"The GEAR program is an exceptional opportunity to challenge yourself as a student, engineer, and future innovator. One of GEAR's key highlights is its ability to truncate the amount of time before I can launch myself into my career. With assured acceptance into the master's program, I know I'll graduate with the confidence necessary to contribute to the engineering field."
Taylor Chartier '12
Hometown: La Porte, IN
Major: Chemical Engineering
Cluster: African Studies
Stacy Wells Shea
GEAR Coordinator, Associate Director of Admissions