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Graduate Admissions

The Lally School of Management at Rensselaer helps launch transformative careers through nine-month specialized master’s programs and a one-year or two-year MBA. These distinct programs place students at the nexus of innovation and application, where they directly engage with data analytics, breakthrough science, and cutting-edge management research to solve real-world business challenges.

Application Requirements

*The GRE and GMAT requirement is optional for the fall 2021 application cycle for all degrees and programs.

  • GMAT (preferred) or GRE Scores *Optional
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume/C.V.
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • International Applicants: TOEFL (88 or above) or IELTS (6.5 or above). 

Applying to Lally

Lally Graduate Program applicants apply to either the MBA or individual M.S. programs. Our holistic admission process considers many factors, so we encourage you to submit all application components on time for careful consideration.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at (518) 276-6565 or

Application Deadlines

MBA/M.S. Applicants - Apply Now 

Fall 2021 Application Deadline 
Round 1 November 15, 2020
Round 2 January 15, 2021
Round 3 March 15, 2021
Round 4  May 15, 2021
Final Round (Rolling) August 15, 2021
Spring 2022 Application Deadline 
Round 1 August 15, 2021

In addition to having application deadlines, we welcome all domestic and international applications on a rolling basis. If you apply earlier in any of the application windows, there's a strong likelihood you will receive your decision sooner than the guaranteed notification date for that round. Applications received after Round 4 will be reviewed and accepted on a space-available basis.

International students are encouraged to complete their application as soon as possible to allow for extra time to process their I-20.

Scholarships are not always available but applying early increases your chances for priority admission and scholarship consideration.

In order to receive a decision by one of the notification dates listed, you must submit and complete your application by one of the corresponding application deadlines. If your application is not completed by the round deadline it will automatically be considered for the following round.

An offer of admission cannot be issued if an application package remains incomplete. If an application remains incomplete by the final round deadline, Lally reserves the right to withdraw or deny the application.

Ph.D. Applicants - Apply Now 

Round Application deadline
Round 1 January 1, 2021

In addition to having application deadlines, we welcome all domestic and international applications on a rolling basis. Applications received after the January 1st deadline will be reviewed and accepted on a space-available basis.

Interviews are offered by invitation only.


Application Requirements (submit application)

The following materials must be submitted via the online application:

  • Nonrefundable application processing fee of $75
  • Statement of Goals
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation

The following materials may be uploaded via the online application and used for review purposes only:

  • Copies of official test scores (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE)
  • Copies of official transcripts and evidence of degrees earned, in English and in the native language, of all post-secondary education (including transcript keys)
  • Copy of your passport (international students only)

If admitted, the following materials must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office*:

  • Official transcripts and evidence of degrees earned, in English and the native language, of all post-secondary education
  • Official GRE, GRE Subject tests or GMAT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants

For more detailed descriptions of the specific application requirements, click here.

Connect with Student Ambassadors

Connect with current students ambassadors via email.


Interview by Invitation

Interviews are extended by invitation only.  

Meet Your Admissions Team

Charlieann Chacon
Associate Director of MBA/M.S. Admissions





Daniel Butterworth 
Assistant Director of MBA/M.S. Admissions

Graduate Admissions FAQs

Answers to some of the most common questions about our graduate programs and application process. 

Admissions Ambassadors

The Lally Graduate Admissions Ambassadors are available for Lally visitors and applicants to answer questions and provide assistance.

Scholarships & Grants

The Lally School offers scholarships to a selective number of MBA and M.S. applicants when they apply to Lally. All applicants are automatically considered.