Lighting Research Center

Advancing the effective use of light for society and the environment

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Graduate Education


If you would like to enroll in one of the graduate education programs offered by the LRC, we recommend that you first talk to Dan Frering, our director of educational programs. He will explain the application process in detail and answer any specific questions you may have. The LRC also encourages people considering applying for graduate study in lighting to visit the LRC for an interview with program faculty. Please contact Dan Frering if you wish to visit the LRC.

To be admitted to graduate study at the LRC, you should have:

  • A bachelor's degree in a field related to lighting
  • One year of college level math with a "B" grade or better

In your completed application package you must include:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement that outlines your interests, relevant background, and professional aspirations
  • A Graduate Record Exam (GRE) report
  • A sample of your creative or research work in the form of a project report, a scientific paper, or a portfolio of graphic work
  • Transcripts from previous undergraduate and graduate study

If your primary language is not English, Rensselaer also requires a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) report.

If you are looking for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute admissions information, please visit the Graduate Admissions site.

Financial aid
Admission applications must be received by January 1st to be considered for financial aid.

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