What is the application deadline?
Each department and degree plan has its own deadlines. They are:
Fall admission – April 30 GMI-January 15 and March 15
Spring admission – October 30
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Fall admission – January 15
Spring admission – October 15
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Fall admission only – December 31
Fall admission – January 30
Spring admission – October 1
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Fall admission- February 1
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Fall admission – The first Tuesday in January
Fall Admission-December 15
Spring Admission-October 15
Materials Science and Nanoengineering
Fall admission – February 1
Spring admission – November 1
Fall admission – February 1
What is required to apply for the Professional Master’s in Engineering?
Each applicant should include the following in his or her application:
For full details and procedures about applying, please visit the Graduate Admissions page.
How much is the application fee?
What is Rice looking for in an applicant to the Professional Master’s Program?
Although there is no single trait or quality we seek, in general the applicants to our program are those who are well qualified in math and science, demonstrate intellectual curiosity and are seeking to both enhance their knowledge of engineering and use that knowledge in a professional setting through training in leadership and technology entrepreneurship.
What are the minimum GPA and TOFEL requirements?
Applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicants taking the TOFEL exam should exhibit scores of at least 90 on the iBT TOFEL or at least 600 on the paper-based TOFEL.
Applicants need to confirm the admission requirements of the department to which they are applying.
May I submit supplemental materials with my application?
In the application form section titled “Supplemental Data,” please be sure to include your motivation for applying to the program, as well as your commitment to your future plans. You certainly may augment your application with additional materials, but we ask you to be selective in what you include. For instance, if you have been working as a professional, you may include a résumé. You are also welcome to submit additional class work, lab work, slides, newspaper articles, etc. Please note that supplemental materials are not required and will not be returned.
Who should prepare the letters of recommendation?
Recommendations should be prepared by people who can attest to your quantitative abilities, ambition, and/or leadership skills. These people may be former professors, academic advisors, employers, etc.
Is financial aid available for the Professional Master’s in Engineering?
Rice does not offer financial aid for our Professional Master’s in Engineering program. But candidates may explore outside scholarship opportunities. A listing may be found on our Cost/Financial Aid section.
Does the program accept transferred credit?
Up to six credits (earned beyond the BS requirement) depending on engineering track can be transferred from another school. (The limit is three credits for Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Do I need to purchase Rice University health insurance? How much does it cost? When does coverage begin?
All Rice students are required to have health insurance. You must complete either the Rice Plan Application if you wish to purchase insurance or the Medical Insurance Waiver if you will be covered by another policy. Presently the cost of Rice University health insurance is approximately $1500. Coverage begins in mid-August. For complete details, please see the Student Health Insurance Application.
When do I register for courses?
New students begin the registration process during orientation week using ESTHER. After you have been processed, you will receive a Rice ID number and PIN from firstname.lastname@example.org sent to the email address provided by you on your application. This will allow you to set up a Rice e-mail account and access registration information and forms via the Rice web site. After your advising faculty has reviewed course selection, you can proceed with selecting courses on-line. Visit the Office of the Registrar for complete information on registration and academic information, such as course schedules, building codes, and academic calendars. A good resource is also the Graduate Studies Notebook containing guidelines for good practices in graduate education, general policy and procedure information.
When is tuition due?
Tuition invoices will be mailed around July 25th. Payments must be made by August 15. Rice University offers a payment plan that is designed to enable students to pay over the course of the semester. For more information please visit the Cashier’s Office website.
Can I pursue a Ph.D. after obtaining my Professional Master’s in Engineering?
Admission to the Professional Master’s program is granted separately from admission to a research or thesis program. All Rice Professional Master’s programs terminate when the degree is awarded. Students who wish to continue graduate study following the awarding of a Professional Master’s in Engineering must apply for admission into a research program.