Prospective Graduate Students

The School of Graduate Studies supports inclusive excellence through an outstanding portfolio of fellowships, cutting-edge and cross-disciplinary research opportunities, and engaged mentorship.

The School of Graduate Studies is dedicated to a holistic approach to admissions and an equitable, affirming educational experience for all graduate students.

Students who choose Rutgers for their graduate study benefit from committed mentorship, innovative research opportunities, personalized professional development, and a welcoming, supportive community.

Check out the video from our 2020 virtual exhibit at ABRCMS to learn more about what Rutgers can offer you.

Connect with Us

✓   Contact us to arrange a one-on-one phone or Zoom chat and get personalized guidance.

✓  Attend a Rutgers info session through your university or contact us to request a session.

✓   Visit us at a national or regional conference.

Fellowships and Funding

Our graduate students benefit from excellent financial support, including generous fellowships and assistantships with full tuition waivers and health insurance. In particular, the School of Graduate Studies is proud of its robust portfolio of fellowships to promote equity, access, and inclusivity in our incoming graduate class. Multiple federal training grants dedicated to broadening participation, including a new NIH IMSD grant, augment the School of Graduate Studies resources.

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Application Guidelines and Fee Waivers

Selecting a Graduate Program

The School of Graduate Studies hosts over 150 programs. For support deciding which program or programs are the best fit for you, check out these guidelines or contact us for personalized advice.

How to Apply

To learn more about the application process and to apply, visit the Admissions page. Note that you may apply to more than one program. A growing number of programs no longer require or consider GRE scores, so be sure to consult the requirements for each program to which you apply.

Fee Waivers

There are many categories of fee waivers to support equity and access. If you are eligible for a waiver, you may use it for all Rutgers programs to which you apply. For a comprehensive list of fee waiver categories, consul the “Academic Honors, Awards, or Publications” field in the “Aid” section of the graduate application. Some fee waiver categories include:

  • Scholars - McNair, GEM, Project 1000, MARC, PREP, Meyerhoff, National Name Exchange, NEAGEP, and many others
  • Alumni of some Rutgers DEI-focused undergraduate summer research programs, such as RISE at Rutgers
  • Attendees at selected recruitment events: Contact us if you need to confirm your event code.
  • FreeApp program through the Big Ten Academic Alliance
  • Veterans: Instructions here.
Crafting a Competitive Application


Summer Research and Other Opportunities for Undergraduates

Learn more about summer research at Rutgers and academic year opportunities for undergraduates

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How can an undergraduate summer research experience help you choose a graduate school and a mentor?

Hear what some successful Rutgers graduate students have to say.

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Our events

Jan 31 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

RISE at Rutgers Summer Research Info Session and Application Workshop

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Nov 30 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

2022 University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Meyerhoff Campus Connection

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Nov 18 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

2022 Garden State LSAMP

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Nov 9-12 12:00 pm


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Oct 27-29 12:00 pm

2022 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference

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Oct 26 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Campus Visit: UPR Rio Piedras

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