The Master of Science degree traditionally has been in a single subject such as chemistry, physics, or mathematics. However, the working environment that college graduates face today, and will face in the future, is one in which their jobs increasingly bridge more than one area of specialization. The MS in Applied Science program, intended for working professionals, is based upon Rensselaer's belief that science graduates of the past few decades, and most current graduates, need educational preparation for today's interdisciplinary world. Options exist in many areas of science. Examples include bioinformatics, polymer science, and computational science.
Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by a number of professional and academic societies.