How to Apply
Application Deadline: January 1st
The Department of Chemistry application deadline for the PhD program is January 1st. You should begin as early as possible. Students applying for admission to our PhD program are asked to submit the following:
1. A completed application form
Apply online at Rice University's online graduate application.
2. Application fee
$85.00 application fee can be paid either by credit card or electronic check.
The application can be processed only when the application fee has been
received. Domestic students who meet any one of the
following criteria are eligible for a waiver:
GPA 3.6 or above, aggregate GRE (verbal + math) 320 or above, or a
publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
International students who have subject GRE scores 880 or above are
eligible for a fee waiver. If your application meets any of these criteria,
please request a fee waiver before submitting your application by emailing
appropriate documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once an
application fee has been paid, it cannot be refunded.
3. Official transcript
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.
Rice University requires all applicants to provide GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
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 US 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
The Institution code for the GRE is 6609, and the Department code is
0399 for Chemistry.
Institution code for the TOEFL is 6609, and the Department code is 62
5. Letters of recommendation
At least three letters of
recommendation are required. These letters should normally be written by
faculty who are familiar with your work and can address your potential for
success in graduate school and beyond.
Submit all inquiries & application materials to:
Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Chemistry-MS 60
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Courier deliveries should be sent to:
Graduate Admissions Committee
Chemistry Department-MS 60
6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
Toll-free phone: 877-348-8639
Print out the Application Checklist
Note: MA Program: Although students are not normally admitted to study for an MA, this degree is sometimes awarded to students who do not complete the PhD program.