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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQGraduate School Chemistry - Graduate Coursess)

What qualifications will I need to be admitted to the Ph.D. program?
When should I begin the application process? When is the deadline?
What needs to be included in my application?
Is a "Personal Statement" Required?
Is it necessary to submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended?
Where should my official transcripts be sent?
Can letters of recommendation be submitted online?
I have not taken/do not have my GRE and/or TOEFL scores yet. Can I still apply?
Is the GRE Subject Test required?
What are the minimum GRE scores?
What is the minimum TOEFL score?
What is the minimum grade point average (GPA)?
What about the application fee?
Will I be eligible for financial aid?
Do you accept students for admission in the spring semester?
If I am admitted to the graduate program in Chemistry can I start in the summer?
What if I have other questions? 

What qualifications will I need to be admitted to the Ph.D. program?

Entering students should have a high aptitude for chemistry, a strong motivation to perform original scientific research, and a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Chemistry or a closely related discipline. Rice's graduate program in Chemistry is directed only at the Ph.D. degree, although some students choose to receive Master's degrees in the course of their doctoral studies. 

When should I begin the application process? When is the deadline?

You should begin your application process as early as possible. Plan to take the GRE test (and TOEFL, if required) by November. You should also request transcripts and letters of recommendation by November or earlier  (please see How to Apply for more information) in order to give the senders time to get the documents to Rice before the application deadline, which is December 20 for admission the following Fall.

Late applications can be submitted online until February 1.  However, candidates who miss the December 20 deadline place themselves in a less competitive position.

After February 1 the online application portal will be CLOSED and students wishing to apply must contact the Chemistry Department directly (gradchem@rice.edu). 
  

What needs to be included in my application? 

For your convenience we have included a How to Apply section on our website where you can view what needs to be included in your application. Only applications that are complete will be considered.

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Is a "Personal Statement" Required?

In the latter part of the online application we ask that you describe your intended plan of study (and any sub-division of that field) and describe additional factors that you would like to have the admissions committee consider in evaluating your application.  This information may resemble a "personal statement" but the information is incorporated into two different questions on the online application form. No separate statement is required. 

Is it necessary to submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended?

Yes, 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 delivered by the applicant. 

Where should my official transcripts be sent?

Official transcripts should be sent to:

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

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Can letters of recommendation be submitted online?

Yes. Webforms are sent to recommenders through an automated system, which has a unique identifier that ties the reference to the student’s application when the reference is uploaded. Students can access this service at: https://www.applyweb.com/apply/ricegrad/index.html  

I have not taken/do not have my GRE and/or TOEFL scores yet. Can I still apply?

Yes, but you must arrange for Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send us the scores directly. We can review your application with self-reported scores but until your scores are received from ETS your application will be considered incomplete. 

Is the GRE Subject Test required?

The GRE Subject test is recommended but not required. 

What are the minimum GRE scores?

There is no minimum for any section of the GRE test. Those scores are evaluated in combination with all other aspects of a candidate's application. 

What is the minimum TOEFL score?

The Office of Graduate Studies at Rice has set a minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test, or 250 on the computer-based test. For students who take the IELTS in lieu of TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.

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What is the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA)?

The Office of Graduate Studies has specified a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale. If your undergraduate school uses a different grading method, the Admissions Committee will determine your equivalent GPA on a 4.0 point scale.

What about the 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. 

Will I be eligible for financial aid?

Each offer of admission to our Department's graduate program includes a full tuition scholarship and a graduate fellowship stipend. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the 12-month graduate stipend is $27,000. Applicants who win external fellowship awards will receive supplements to their stipends.

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Do you accept students for admission in the spring semester?

Most students are accepted to begin graduate study in the fall semester (August).  We occasionally accept students in the spring semester (January) on a case-by-case basis.  To be considered for admission in the spring semester you must submit your application materials by October 31.

If I am admitted to the graduate program in Chemistry can I start in the summer?

Upon admission to the program, and upon the availability of research funds, some students accept paid research positions in one of our labs the summer before their matriculation. These are 1-3 month appointments, which promote the development of research skills and allow an opportunity to learn about a potential research advisor laboratory. They do not obligate the student to continue working with the same advisor for thesis research. If you are interested in learning more about the summer research opportunities for newly accepted graduate students, please contact the Graduate Admissions Committee.

What if I have other questions?

Applicants with further questions are invited to contact the Chemistry Department directly:   

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

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

Phone: 713-348-4082  
Toll-free phone: 877-348-8639 
Fax: 713-348-5155 
Email: gradchem@rice.edu 

 

 

 

 







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