Cost of study

Financial Aid

Qualified doctoral and thesis master’s students often receive departmental stipends of $21,000-30,000 per year to cover living expenses.  Students that receive departmental stipends or secure a competitive external fellowship are typically offered full-tuition support, a value in excess of $39,000 per year.   That means you can earn your Ph.D. and get paid for it.  Stipend and/or tuition support is also available in some master’s programs. 

Living and Housing Costs

As mentioned in Forbes Magazine, Houston has a reasonable cost of living for a major city. The Graduate Apartments, which opened in the summer of 1999, offers housing at moderate cost and is close to campus. Also available as housing options exclusively to Rice graduate students are the Morningside Square Apartments and the Rice Village Apartments.  Visit the Graduate Student Association website for information regarding other housing options.


The tuition for full-time graduate students entering in the 2014-15 academic year is $39,880. For students enrolling in Architecture, Shepherd School of Music, and Professional Master's programs, tuition for the 2014-15 academic year is $26,4200-32,000.

After six semesters of full-time study in one degree program (excluding the summer semesters), continuing students are eligible for a reduced tuition rate. The reduced rate, like standard rate, varies by department/program 

Please see the Cashier’s website for tuition rate in specific degree programs.  


Annual fees are $534 for 2014-15.  All graduate students are required to have health insurance. Additional information regarding fees can be found on the Cashier's website


In addition to the merit-based aid described above, the Office of Financial Aid  offers need-based aid in the form of loans and College Work Study to graduate students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or refugees.

Visiting Researcher Program Cost