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Programs

12 Professional Master's Programs, 9 Departments

Across our nine Rice Engineering departments, we offer 12 non-thesis master degree programs that combine technical skills with electives in business, leadership, entrepreneurship and management for career-minded students wishing to expand their engineering knowledge.

To learn more about application deadlines for each degree program or to learn how to apply, visit our Admissions page.

Master of Bioengineering

The Master of Bioengineering (MBE) is a non-thesis degree that provides students with greater depth in their bioengineering training to advance their career objectives. Designed for students interested in pursuing careers in industry, not research, the degree offers further study in all areas of the bioengineering discipline.

Students can enroll full-time or part-time. This program is intended for those having a BA or BS degree in an engineering or science discipline.

This degree has two areas of specialization:

  • Applied Bioengineering: designed as a flexible degree for students who want to pursue careers in research, medicine, or related fields.
  • Medical Innovation: designed specifically for students who want to pursue a career in the global medical technology industry.

Requirements & Courses

To learn more about program requirements and coursework, visit the Department of Bioengineering.

Curriculum

Note: The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum for the Master of Bioengineering degree. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.

Master of Chemical Engineering

The Master of Chemical Engineering (MChE) is a non-thesis program designed to better prepare students for a career in chemical engineering.

Coordinated MBA/MChE Program

A coordinated MBA/MChE, is also available in conjunction with The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Requirements & Courses

To learn more about program requirements and coursework, visit the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Curriculum

Note: The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum for the Master of Chemical Engineering degree. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.

Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering (MCEE) is a professional non-thesis degree, requiring 30 credit hours of approved courses at the 500-level or above, including a final project of 2 credit hours. Students who have a BA or BS degree in any field of engineering or related study may apply.

This degree has two areas of specialization:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

Requirements & Courses

To learn more about program requirements and coursework, visit the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Curriculum

Note: The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum for:

In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.

Master of Computational and Applied Mathematics

The Master of Computational and Applied Mathematics (MCAAM) is a non-thesis program designed for those interested in a technical career path in industry and provides students with the computational and applied mathematics tools necessary for solving complex problems in engineering, science, and business.

Requirements & Courses

To learn more about program requirements and coursework, visit the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics.

Curriculum

Note: The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum for the Master of Computational and Applied Mathematics degree. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.

Master of Computer Science

The Master of Computer Science (MCS) degree is a terminal, professional degree intended for students who will pursue a technical career in the computer industry. Students are admitted to the MCS program in both fall and spring semesters. MCS students typically have a background in computer science, including in intermediate-level programming and algorithms; discrete math; and computer systems or organization. MCS students also complete a design project and are encouraged to take professional development courses.

Coordinated MBA/MCS Program

A coordinated MBA/MCS, is also available in conjunction with the Jones Graduate School of Business and the Department of Computer Science.

Curriculum

Note: The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum for the Master of Computer Science degree. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.

Master of Computer Science Online Program

The Master of Computer Science Online Program has been built from the ground up to combine the Rice University Computer Science Department’s tradition of excellence with best-in-class online teaching methodology. It offers an intimate and engaging student experience, with small class groups and the 1:1 interactions with faculty that are critical to developing graduate-level skills and thinking. Scholarships are now available to those who qualify. Talk to a coach to learn more.

Our program is designed to give working professionals the practical skills needed for career advancement in the tech world. With the flexibility of online learning, students can develop a deep understanding of topics like machine learning and AI, cybersecurity, and software engineering.

Learn more about our Master of Computer Science Online Program.

Master in Computational Science and Engineering

The Master in Computational Science and Engineering (MCSE), is a non-thesis degree program offered jointly by the departments of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Statistics in the School of Engineering. The program is designed to provide training and expertise in modern and computational techniques with real-world applications in a wide range of industries. The MCSE graduate degree prepares students interested in technical and managerial positions such as computational scientists, computational engineer, and big data analysts, as well as those looking to specialize in high-performance computing and software development techniques and scientific data analysis and visualization.

Students in the MCSE program select one of the four departments (Computational and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical and Computing Engineering, and Statistics) as their home department/area of specialization. MCSE students take a core of courses from all four departments but are expected to focus their course electives on courses in their home department.

Requirements Update

Please note that the official requirements for the Master in Computational Science and Engineering degree will be updated for the 2020-21 academic year. The revised requirements, implemented to support the overall aim of the program to create talent with depth and breadth, will include substantial credit requirements from the students’ home department combined with requirements for breath across the departments involved in the program. The official program requirements will be posted soon in the General Announcements. Upon matriculation, you must meet with an advisor to discuss your course work.

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After you've reviewed the program and application requirements, click here to apply to the MCSE program.

For additional information about the program contact mcse@rice.edu.

Curriculum

Note: The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum for the Master of Computational Science and Engineering degree. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.

Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Master of Electrical Engineering (MEE) degree is a course-based program designed to increase a student’s mastery of advanced subjects; no thesis is required. The MEE prepares a student to succeed and advance rapidly in today’s competitive technical marketplace. The MEE is intended for those having a BA or BS degree in an engineering or science discipline. Students are admitted to the MEE program for the fall semester.

Requirements & Courses

To learn more about program requirements and coursework, visit the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Curriculum

Note: The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum for the Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering degree. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.

Master of Industrial Engineering

The Master of Industrial Engineering (MIE) is a professional nonthesis degree, requiring 31 credit hours of approved courses at the 500-level or above, including a final project of one credit hour. Students who have a BA or a BS degree in any field of engineering or related study may apply.

Industrial engineering improves the efficiency and safety of various systems in manufacturing, services, health care, energy, and logistics. It uses mathematical and physical models to make data-driven decisions needed in every major economic sector. The Professional Master's Program in Industrial Engineering at Rice University is for students seeking a deeper understanding of how sophisticated decision models can optimize complex systems in any industry as well as the nonprofit sector.

Students benefit from being located in Houston; the nation's energy capital, home of the world's largest medical center, and the city providing the greatest number of manufacturing jobs in America.

Learn more about our Master of Industrial Engineering program.

Master of Materials Science and Nanoengineering

The Master of Materials Science and Nanoengineering (MMSNE) program is designed for professionals who are ambitious in their technical fields and want to take on new challenges and develop their leadership abilities. The program is also suited for students who have just completed a 4-year bachelor’s program in engineering. It is designed to prepare students with an advanced understanding of both the theories and applications of materials science and nanotechnology.

Requirements & Courses

To learn more about program requirements and coursework, visit the Department of Materials Science and Nanoengineering.

Coordinated MBA/MMSNE Program

The dual program is offered in collaboration with the Jones Graduate School of Business and is designed to meet the growing demand for managers with technical expertise. The MBA/MMSNE program trains students to apply management strategies that meet the needs of high-technology companies. Students interested in the MBA/MMSNE degree must apply for dual admissions through the Jones School (for the MBA program) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (for the MBA/MMSNE program). Admission is reviewed independently and students must be granted admission to both programs.

Curriculum

Note: The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum for the Materials Science and Nanoengineering degree. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.

Master of Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Mechanical Engineering (MME) program is designed for professional who are ambitious on their technical fields, who want to take on new challenges and develop their leadership abilities. The program is also suited for students who have just completed a 4-year bachelor’s program in engineering. The M.M.E. program is designed to prepare students with an advanced understanding of both the theories and applications of mechanical engineering subfields including thermal, fluid, mechanics, biomedical, design, dynamics and controls, and high performance computing.

Requirements & Courses

To learn more about program requirements and coursework, visit the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Dual MBA/MME Program

The dual MBA/MME program is offered in collaboration with the Jones Graduate School of Business and is designed to meet the growing demand for managers with technical expertise. The MBA/MME program trains students to apply management strategies that meet the needs of high-technology companies.

Students interested in the MBA/MME degree must apply for dual admissions through the Jones School (for the MBA program) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering (for the MME program). Admission is reviewed independently and students must be granted admission to both programs.

Curriculum

Note: The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum for the Master of Mechanical Engineering degree. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.

Master of Statistics

The Master of Statistics (MSTAT) is a non-thesis degree that offers customized and individualized programs based on the interests and career objectives of the student. All choices will provide balanced training in statistical methods, computational statistics, and statistical theory, and are intended to prepare the student to adapt statistical methodologies to practical problems in a professional setting. The program normally takes three semesters of full-time course work. Students are restricted to no more than four courses in their first semester, with three being preferable. It is possible to complete the program on a part-time basis too.

Requirements & Courses

To learn more about program requirements and coursework, visit the Department of Statistics.

Coordinated MBA/MStat Program

At Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, MBA students may simultaneously pursue the professional master’s in any engineering department, including statistics. For MBA students with a focus in finance, the joint MBA/MStat allows students to emphasize statistical finance or general industry tools. This joint program makes especially well-prepared leaders who can handle the business as well as the science side of whatever industry the student wishes to engage in. Students interested in the MBA/MStat degree must apply for dual admissions through the Jones School (for the MBA program) and the Department of Statistics (for the MStat program). Admission is reviewed independently and students must be granted admission to both programs.

Curriculum

Note: The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum for the Master of Statistics degree. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.

Additional Program Opportunities

5th Year at Rice

Juniors and seniors in the George R. Brown School of Engineering can create a pathway to a professional master’s degree at Rice. Learn more about our 5th Year at Rice opportunity.

ME/MBA Coordinated Degree

The fast-paced nature of high-tech industries requires an unparalleled leadership style, one that blends a breadth of technical expertise with a firm foundation in business principles. The coordinated graduate degree of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Engineering (ME) provides graduates with the unique opportunity of leading technology firms through dynamic shifts of innovation.

Rice University’s George R Brown School of Engineering collaborates with Texas Medical Center institutions and other Rice departments to enhance opportunities in industries such as nanotechnology, information technology, and biotechnology.

Coordinated degree programs:

  • Master of Chemical Engineering/MBA
  • Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering/MBA
  • Master of Computational and Applied Mathematics/MBA
  • Master of Computer Science/MBA
  • Master of Industrial Engineering/MBA
  • Master of Materials Science and Nanoengineering/MBA
  • Master of Mechanical Engineering/MBA
  • Master of Statistics/MBA
Admission Requirements

All applicants applying to the ME/MBA coordinated degree program must complete a separate application to the MBA program and their engineering program of choice. Please note that acceptance into one of the programs is not contingent upon the other.

Click here to review all application requirements for the MBS program.

Course Requirements
  • At least 2 academic years in residence at Rice University
  • 69 hours of coursework, including 24 in an engineering discipline and 45 in business administration
  • All core requirements of the specific engineering department ( non-thesis degree)
  • Summer internships are strongly recommended
  • Course schedules are planned in consultation with the MBA program and the specific engineering department
  • Curriculum, schedule, course number and credit values are subject to change.
Program Cost

The MBA/ME Program is billed at the MBA tuition and fees rate. Learn more about the cost and funding resources for the Full-Time MBA program at Rice.