Welcome to the Rice University Chemistry Graduate Program Application
Thank you for your interest in Rice University. At Rice, researchers and faculty members at the forefront of their fields will guide your progress to receiving a doctoral degree. You will be taught to think creatively, be a part of a network of knowledge, and redefine your own limits.
Graduate education is a unique mixture of instruction, training, mentorship, and scientific collaboration. In our program, we want students to get the most out of their experience, contributing to the advancement of science and engineering through outstanding original research while at the same time preparing for a professional career. Our students have gone on to outstanding, diverse professional careers, including academic research, government research and service, and technical careers with companies ranging from large corporations to exciting startups, in fields as diverse as the oil industry, consulting, education, and more.
Our online application was created to offer a fast, easy and convenient way for prospective students to apply to Rice University. Applications are kept confidential until submission, after which they are transmitted through a secure server.
After you complete filling out your application, please validate and submit it.
To¬†submit your application, you must provide all of the required information.
The¬†$85.00 application fee can be¬†paid either by credit card or electronic check. Your application can only be processed¬†once the fee has been received. Domestic students who have a GPA of 3.7-or-above are eligible for a fee waiver. If¬†you meet¬†these criteria, a fee waiver will be placed on your application.¬†Once an application fee has been paid, it cannot be refunded.¬†¬†
Plans for Study
The online application has an area to describe your intended Plans for Study and to add additional factors that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider¬†when evaluating your application. For example, you can optionally upload a¬†Statement of Purpose.
Official transcript(s) are required from all undergraduate and graduate schools you have attended.¬† For reviewing purposes, electronic copies of transcript(s)¬†can be uploaded through the online application system to meet the application requirements. If¬†you are offered admission¬†to Rice, official paper or electronic copies of the transcript(s) 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.¬†
Please do not send official transcript(s) from your college or university unless you are accepted to the Rice Chemistry program.
The online application has an area to¬†include your¬†Research Experience such as¬†articles, publications, or creative work. In addition, there is an area to upload your Resume or Curriculum Vitae¬†(optional).
Under the Experience area there is also an area to include additional factors that you would like the Admissions Committee¬†to consider such as¬†your Distinctions (scholastic) and Activities (non-scholastic).
Letters of Recommendation
A minimum of three¬†(3) letters of recommendation are required.¬†Generally these letters are written by faculty who are familiar with your work and can address your potential for success in graduate school and beyond. Once listed, recommendation requests are sent via email to the recommender after the applicant prompts the application system to do so.¬† Alternatively, applicants may print a fax coversheet for a recommender; the recommender then submits their recommendation to Rice University via fax using the coversheet.¬†
Applicants may track the status of their recommendations through the application status page.¬† Applicants are encouraged to ensure that all letters of recommendation are received prior to the application deadline.¬† Applicants may also add and remove recommendations via the application status page
Required Standardized Tests (TOEFL and GRE)
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 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.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
Rice University Policies and Procedures
Rice University policies and process regarding admissions requirements may be found in the¬†General Announcements.¬†
Submit all inquiries & application materials to:¬†
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Department of Chemistry-MS 60¬†
P.O. Box 1892¬†
Houston, TX 77251-1892¬†
Chemistry Department-MS 60¬†
6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
General Application Inquiries
Toll-free phone: 877-348-8639¬†¬†