Graduate Engineering at Rochester (GEAR)

Combined-Admission Programs - GEAR

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:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Optics
  • Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM)

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.

Applying to the GEAR Program

Perks of the Program

Is GEAR for You?

Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Sample Course Schedule

Student Profiles


Stacy Wells Shea
GEAR Coordinator, Associate Director of Admissions

Kelly Johnson
GEAR Advisor

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