Materials Science & Nanoengineering

Materials Science & Nanoengineering

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Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering (MSNE)

Phone: 713.348.3698

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Application Process

Q:    When is the deadline to submit applications? 

A:    January 15th for the subsequent Fall semester. Late applications for fall admission may be considered until March 15th.  November 1st is the deadline for the subsequent Spring semester. Please note that we admit very few students for spring semester due to faculty and space availability. These deadlines apply to international applicants as well as applicants for financial aid.

Q:    What kind of financial aid is available? 

A:    The only financial aid through the department is a graduate fellowship. It covers the cost of tuition and includes a monthly stipend for living expenses. If you feel there is additional need for financial help, contact the Office of Financial Aid of Rice University. There is more information about options available through their office for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Q:    Should I apply for financial aid (fellowships/assistantships) separately? Where can I find the application form? 

A:    There is no separate application form to apply for financial aid. Please answer “yes” to the question “Do you need financial aid from Rice?” found in the online application form. Your application will then be considered for any applicable fellowships and assistantships available.

Q:    If there is a field I am interested in and I don't see it in the professors' profiles, what should I do? 

A:    When making the decision to apply to Rice, do your very best to match your interests with those of the faculty. If you find your interests are outside the faculty's research areas, you will have a very difficult time being paired up with an advisor. A good rule of thumb in applying to any graduate program is to make sure that there are at least two potential faculty members in the program with whom you could work.

Q:    What kind of housing is available? 

A:    The Graduate Apartments are home to many of the university's graduate students. To contact the Graduate Apartments call 713-348-GRAD (4723) or visit their website.

Note: You must make your own arrangements for housing. The department does not handle any type of housing arrangements. 

Q:    I feel that it is appropriate to email/mail the Dean of Engineering or the Office of Graduate Studies. Should I? 

A:    No.  They will forward it to the GR/UG Program Administrator in MSNE. For any type of admission correspondence, email or send postal mail to:

Attn: GR/UG Program Administrator

Rice University
Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering – MS 325
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892


If you are using Express Mail, FedEx, DHL, etc., be sure to use our street address:

Attn: GR/UG Program Administrator

Rice University – MS 325

Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering

6100 Main Street

Houston, TX 77005-1827

Q:    How do I go about applying to the MSNE graduate programs? 

A:    Please refer to the step-by-step instructions for applying to the MSNE graduate programs.

Q:    How do I check the status of my online application? 

A:    The status of your online application and letters of recommendation can be viewed in your application account on the applyweb. Once everything is submitted, there is no online method for you to check the status. The MSNE GR/UG Program Administrator will let you know whether all the required materials were received and when your application is going to be reviewed.

Q:    Will writing a professor or chair of the department help? 

A:    No. In fact, it will likely delay things. Every inquiry that the professors or the chair receive is forwarded to the GR/UG Program Administrator. While writing a faculty member may be beneficial to find out what they are doing, it will have no impact on any decision making process.

Q:    Can I submit my application even if I haven't received my GRE score yet? 

A:    You may submit other application materials in advance, but your application will be on hold until your GRE scores are received.  Only complete applications are reviewed by the faculty members.

Q:    It’s been more than 3 years since I took the GRE. Do I have to take it again?

A:    Yes. We require that the GRE test have been taken within the past three years.

Q:    When I requested my test scores from ETS to be sent to Rice University, I didn't indicate the department (or indicated a different department). Can you find my scores? 

A:    As long as your scores are sent to Rice University (institution code: 6609), we can find your scores in our application database. You don't need to request your scores from ETS again.

Q:    What is the average GRE score of students who are admitted to the graduate program?  

A:    This information is not available to the MSNE Department.

Q:    My name on the GRE (or TOEFL) registration form is different from the one on my Rice Graduate Application. Can you find my test scores? 

A:    No. Please send an e-mail to the MSNE GR/UG Program Administrator to let them know your name on the test registration form so we can search for your scores.

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