Application OPENS/DEADLINE for Fall: September 1/ Jan 15
Application OPENS/DEADLINE for Spring: September 1/ November 15
The Fall admission process begins September 1st of the previous year of matriculation.
Late applications for Fall admissions may be considered until March 15th.
The Spring admission process begins of September 1st of the previous year of matriculation.
Please note that we admit very few students for spring semester due to faculty and space availability.
How to Apply
Please read carefully through these step-by-step instructions before sending questions to the GR/UG Program Administrator. For frequently asked questions regarding admission, click here.
• Bachelor's degree or equivalent undergraduate degree.
• Grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent in another grading system
If your university/college does not use the 4.0 grading system, please translate your GPA into the 4.0 scale if at all possible.
• GRE, and TOEFL(required for international students).
• Statement of Purpose.
• Unofficial transcript.
• Recommendations from at least three people who know your academic achievements and potential.
Application fee: The application fee ($85.00) can be paid online when you submit your online application form. We cannot accept cash, a check or money order and we do not grant fee waivers.
Official Transcript(s): Official transcript(s) are required from all undergraduate and graduate schools you have attended. For reviewing purposes, electronic copies of transcript(s) can be uploaded through the online application system to meet the application requirements. If you're offered admission to Rice, official paper or electronic copies of the transcript(s) will be required and can either be sent directly to the Materials Science and NanoEngineering Department from the iinstitution or sealed by the instituion in a signed envelope and delivery by the application.
Please do not send official transcript(s) from your college or university unless you're accepted to the Materials Science and Nano Engineering program at Rice University.
Three letters of recommendation: We accept letters of recommendation through your online application. To submit online recommendations, current email addresses and titles for all references must be included with your online application form.
Required Standardized Tests (GRE and TOEFL):
Rice University requires all applications to provide Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores. The scores must not be older than FIVE
years, and an official copy must be sent to Rice University directly from the Educational Testing Service. Personal copies are not acceptable.
The Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) is required of any student whose native language is not English. The TOEFL and the IELTS are not required for U.S. citizens, or for international students who earned a degree from a University in which English is the official language. Scores must not be older than TWO years, and an official copy must be sent to the Graduate School directly from ETS. Students must score at least 90 on the iBT(internet-based) TOEFL, 250 on computer-based, and 600 on paper-based test. For students who choose to take the IELTS in lieu of TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.
The institution code for the GRE is 6609 and department code is 1402.
The institution code for the TOEFL is 6609 and department code is 73.
For IETS-The department must receive the official score report from IELTS. Mailing address: Rice University . 6100 Main Street . Houston, TX 77005-1827. Attn: MS 325
If you need financial support from Rice (fellowships or assistantships) and you are applying to one of our research programs, please answer "yes" to the question "Do you need financial aid from Rice?" found in the online application form. Your application will be considered for any applicable fellowships and assistantships available at Rice University.
The fellowship award consists of monthly stipends provided by the department and a full tuition waiver offered by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Generally, the award is offered to applicants who are seeking full-time admission for the Ph.D. degree.
Rice University Policies and Procedures:
Rice University policies and process regarding admissions requirements may be found in the General Announcements, and gps.rice.edu
Notification of Application Status
You will receive an email upon receipt of your application. The message will indicate if your application is missing an item or items. Only complete applications are reviewed and considered. We will contact the top candidates by email to make offers of admission in mid-March to mid-April. A final application status notification will be sent to all other applicants to whom offers are not make by end of May.
Using FedEx, DHL, Express mail etc...
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Attn: MSNE/MS 325
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1827
Attn: MSNE/MS 325