Accelerator into a Master’s Program

Overview

As demand for workers with STEM and technical backgrounds increase within the job market, we are committed to providing pathways for students to gain the skills necessary for successful careers in these fields.

The University of Rochester’s Accelerator into a Master’s Program (URAMP) is designed for students and professionals who are interested in pursuing a master’s in engineering, but do not have the academic background to support their application. By working closely with faculty and collaborating alongside their peers, URAMP students will have the opportunity to build their research skills in the University’s state of the art facilities and embolden their knowledge and expertise in the engineering sciences.

How it Works

URAMP is a non-matriculated program at the University of Rochester. Students will work with a faculty advisor to construct a unique program of study in one of eight engineering disciplines offered by our highly ranked Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Science based on their individual academic background. After successful completion of the program and approval from their advisor students will be admitted into the department’s master’s program.

Students may participate in this program on either a part-time or full-time basis. The rate of completion will be determined by the program of study that is developed between the student and their advisor.

Programs

Students may choose from one of the following programs to participate in URAMP. Expand each selection to view the course offerings for each program. To get a better sense of the classes in the program search for the course in course schedules/descriptions.

Biomedical Engineering

Students looking to earn a graduate degree in biomedical engineering can gain the foundation they need through our hands-on classes. Each student who joins the program will work with an advisor to evaluate their academic history and decide which courses they need to take to complete the program. Students can choose from the following courses as they develop their program:

  • MATH 161: Calculus IA
  • MATH 162: Calculus IIA
  • MATH 164: Multidimensional Calculus*
  • Any course covering differential equations (e.g., MaTH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations)
  • CHEM 131: Concepts, Systems, Practice I
  • CHEM 132: CHM Concepts, Systems, Practice II*
  • PHYS 121: Mechanics
  • PHYS 122: Electricity and Magnetism*
  • BIOL 110: Principles of Biology I
  • Three engineering courses (at least two must be 200 level or above)

*CSC 161: Intro to Programming OR CSC 171: Introduction to Computer Science may be used to replace MATH 164, CHEM 132, or PHYS 122.

**Other course substitutions may be requested by the student and will be considered by the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Committee on a case-by-case basis.

Visit the Department of Biomedical Engineering website to learn more about the program.

Chemical Engineering

Students looking to earn a graduate degree in chemical engineering can gain the foundation they need through our hands-on classes. Each student who joins the program will work with an advisor to evaluate their academic history and decide which courses they need to take to complete the program. Students can choose from the following courses as they develop their program:

  • MATH 161: Calculus IA
  • MATH 162: Calculus IIA
  • MATH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
  • MATH 164: Multidimensional Calculus
  • CHEM 131: Concepts, Systems, Practice I
  • CHEM 132: Concepts, Systems, Practice II
  • PHYS 121: Mechanics
  • PHYS 122: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Four chemical engineering courses

Visit the Department of Chemical Engineering website to learn more about the program.

Computer Science

Students looking to earn a graduate degree in computer science can gain the foundation they need through our hands-on classes. Each student who joins the program will work with an advisor to evaluate their academic history and decide which courses they need to take to complete the program. Students can choose from the following courses as they develop their program:

  • MATH 150: Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 161: Calculus IA
  • MATH 162: Calculus IIA
  • MATH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
  • CSC 171: Introduction to Computer Science
  • CSC 172: Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Six computer science courses (CSC 173, 242, 252, 254, 280, 282)

Visit the Department of Computer Science website to learn more about the program.

Data Science

Students looking to earn a graduate degree in data science can gain the foundation they need through our hands-on classes. Each student who joins the program will work with an advisor to evaluate their academic history and decide which courses they need to take to complete the program. Students can choose from the following courses as they develop their program:

  • MATH 150: Discrete Mathematics
  • CSC 171: Intro to Computer Science
  • CSC 172: Data Structures and Algorithms
  • MATH 161: Calculus I
  • MATH 162: Calculus II
  • Statistics Course
  • Six data science\computer science\statistics or math courses

Visit the Goergen Institute for Data Science website to learn more about the program.

Electrical Engineering

Students looking to earn a graduate degree in electrical engineering can gain the foundation they need through our hands-on classes. Each student who joins the program will work with an advisor to evaluate their academic history and decide which courses they need to take to complete the program. Students can choose from the following courses as they develop their program:

  • MATH 161: Calculus IA
  • MATH 162: Calculus IIA
  • MATH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
  • MATH 164: Multidimensional Calculus
  • PHYS 121: Mechanics
  • PHYS 122: Electricity and Magnetism
  • ECE 270: Discrete Math and Probability for Engineers
  • Five electrical engineering courses

Visit the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering website to learn more about the program.

Materials Science

Students looking to earn a graduate degree in materials science can gain the foundation they need through our hands-on classes. Each student who joins the program will work with an advisor to evaluate their academic history and decide which courses they need to take to complete the program. Students can choose from the following courses as they develop their program:

  • MATH 161: Calculus IA
  • MATH 162: Calculus IIA
  • MATH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
  • MATH 164: Multidimensional Calculus
  • PHYS 123: Waves and Modern Physics
  • PHYS 122: Electricity and Magnetism
  • CHEM 131: Concepts, Systems, Practice I
  • CHEM 132: Concepts, Systems, Practice II
  • ME 226: Intro to Solid Mechanics
  • Three material science courses

Visit the Materials Science Program website to learn more.

Mechanical Engineering

Students looking to earn a graduate degree in mechanical engineering can gain the foundation they need through our hands-on classes. Each student who joins the program will work with an advisor to evaluate their academic history and decide which courses they need to take to complete the program. Students can choose from the following courses as they develop their program:

  • MATH 161: Calculus IA
  • MATH 162: Calculus IIA
  • MATH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
  • MATH 164: Multidimensional Calculus
  • CHEM 131: Concepts, Systems, Practice I
  • PHYS 121: Mechanics
  • PHYS 122: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Five mechanical engineering courses

Visit the Department of Mechanical Engineering website to learn more about the program.

Optics

Students looking to earn a graduate degree in optics can gain the foundation they need through our hands-on classes. Each student who joins the program will work with an advisor to evaluate their academic history and decide which courses they need to take to complete the program. Students can choose from the following courses as they develop their program:

  • MATH 161: Calculus IA
  • MATH 162: Calculus IIA
  • MATH 165: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
  • MATH 164: Multidimensional Calculus
  • CHEM 137: Chemical Principals for Engineers
  • PHYS 123: Waves and Modern Physics
  • PHYS 122: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Five optics courses

Visit the Institute of Optics website to learn more about the program.

Applications Details

The URAMP program is currently only available to domestic students.

Start an Application

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Application Requirements:

  • Completed online application
  • Transcripts from all postsecondary schools
  • Two letters of recommendation (no more than three will be accepted)
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement addressing the following prompt:
    • In one to two pages, discuss your professional and/or academic goals. Please include why you think joining the URAMP program will help you accomplish these goals.

For questions or more information on the URAMP application requirements contact Aisling Sive at aisling.sive@rochester.edu.

More Information

For more information on the URAMP program submit our URAMP interest form.