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Application Opens: September 1

Application Deadline: December 20 

The Department of Chemistry application deadline for the Ph.D. program is December 20. You should begin applying as early as possible. Students applying for admission to our Ph.D. program are asked to submit the following:

1. A completed application form

Apply online with Rice University's online graduate application. The application becomes available on September 1. 

2. Application fee

The $85.00 application fee can be paid either by credit card or electronic check. Your application can only be processed when the application fee has been received. Domestic students who have a GPA of 3.7-or-above are eligible for a fee waiver. If your application meets this criteria, please request a fee waiver before submitting your application by emailing appropriate documentation to gradchem@rice.edu. Once an application fee has been paid, it cannot be refunded.  

3. Official transcript

Official transcripts are required from all undergraduate and graduate schools each student has attended.  For reviewing purposes, electronic copies of transcripts from each college or university you have attended can be uploaded through the online application system to meet the application requirements. If you are offered admission to Rice, official copies of the transcripts will be required and can either be sent directly to the Rice Chemistry Department from the institution or sealed by the institution in a signed envelope and delivered by the applicant.  


Rice University requires all applicants 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. Although the subject GRE is not required, a strong performance on that exam is a substantial positive.  Because the subject GRE is standardized around the world, it is a useful format in which to demonstrate broad knowledge about chemistry, and it is a key criterion used to evaluate international students.

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, nor for international students who earned a degree from a university in which English is the official language of communication.  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, at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL or score at least 250 on the computer-based TOEFL. 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 the Department code for Chemistry is 0399. 

The Institution code for the TOEFL is 6609, and the Department code for Chemistry is 62.  

5. Letters of recommendation

At least three letters of recommendation are required. Normally these letters are written by faculty who are familiar with your work and can address your potential for success in graduate school and beyond.  

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Note: M.A. Program: Although students are not normally admitted to study for an M.A., this degree is sometimes awarded to students who do not complete the Ph.D. program.

Submit all inquiries & application materials to: 

Rice University
Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Chemistry-MS 60
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Courier deliveries should be sent to:
Rice University
Graduate Admissions Committee
Chemistry Department-MS 60
6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005

Phone: 713-348-5820   
Toll-free phone: 877-348-8639 
Fax: 713-348-5155 
Email: gradchem@rice.edu