Students who have questions about the program, application process or application should first confer with their program of application. A list of programs with contact information can be found here. Some commonly asked questions, with their solutions, can be found below.
What are the requirements for graduate study at Rice University?
You can find admission requirements for all graduate students as well as international student requirements here. Some programs have more stringent requirements, please consult with your program of interest. A list of schools and programs can be found here.
I'm interested in more information about graduate programs, can you send me more information?
Please fill out our interest form here to receive more information on graduate study at Rice. For additional information, reach out to your program(s) of interest. A list of schools and programs can be found here.
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What is the application deadline for graduate study at Rice?
Graduate application deadlines vary by program. For fall admission, most program deadlines occur in the preceding December or January. Please consult with your program of interest for specific deadlines. Some programs accept applications for the spring term, most of these deadlines occur in November. Please visit program websites for specific spring deadlines.
Are there accomodations for applicants facing extreme circumstances?
When severe circumstances arise, it may be difficult to complete an application to graduate school by the deadline. We offer some flexibility to prospective graduate students affected by extreme conditions such as: natural disasters (e.g. wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods); political unrest or armed conflict; sweeping network or power outages. If you are facing a situation of this nature, we understand this is a stressful time for you. We hope you are able to address your immediate needs and those of your family, friends and colleagues.
IRAN - Updated November 25, 2019: We are currently aware of the government shutdown of internet services in Iran at this time. The deadline for those affected by the unrest has been extended to January 5. Applications submitted after this deadline may still be considered by your program of interest, and we will waive your application fee. Please apply as soon as you are able. For additional questions, email email@example.com.
CHINA, HONG KONG AND MACAU - Updated Feb. 14, 2020: We understand that due to the Coronavirus the ETS and the Chinese National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) have decided to cancel all TOEFL and GRE test administrations in Mainland China through the end of February. The IELTS test has similarly been suspended in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. ETS is sharing information through Weibo and WeChat's TOEFL and GRE communities, and will communicate additional test dates as soon as they are available. We are actively monitoring this rapidly evolving situation. We want our admitted applicants to know that we will make every effort to facilitate your successful arrival in the United States. For additional questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I find an application for admission to graduate study?
Applications are submitted directly to your program of interest. A list of schools and programs can be found here.
Where should my official transcripts be sent?
All official transcripts must be sent directly to the program to which you intend to apply. For a listing of contacts, please visit the program mail stop directory. You may also upload an unofficial transcript directly within your online application.
How do I report my GRE, TOEFL or IELTS scores?
The GRE and TOEFL tests are administered by the Educational Testing Service. To officially report your scores, visit the ETS website to order score reports if you did not do so on your test day. The ETS institutional reporting code for Rice University is 6609. The score reports will also permit you to designate a program code as well as an institutional reporting code. Using these codes may expedite the reporting of your scores, but it is not required. You do not need to report these scores individually to programs; they should be reported electronically to Rice University using the ETS code. For IELTS, scores can be reported directly to Rice using the name "Rice University Graduate Admissions." More information on score reporting here. Please allow 2-4 weeks for your scores to be officially reported to Rice.
Do you take the "MyBest Scores" from TOEFL for admission consideration?
No, Rice only accepts the best composite score.
I sent my GRE/TOEFL/IELTS scores, but the application system still shows my scores as pending. Were my scores received?
If your scores have not yet shown up in your application there are two things you can do. You can contact the program to which you have applied and let them know that your scores are still showing pending. The program will be able to open your application and match the scores if they were not automatically matched already. You can also check with ETS to make sure that you sent the scores using the correct university code. Please allow 2-4 weeks for scores to be officially reported to Rice.
Can I submit my TOEFL/IELTS scores after the application deadline?
Typically, yes. Consult with your program of interest for details.
If I have a degree from an English-speaking university, do I need to submit my TOEFL/IELTS scores?
Students with a degree from a university where English is the official language are exempt from submitting TOEFL/IELTS scores. Consult with your program of interest for details.
How are letters of recommendation submitted?
Please use our online letters of recommendation which can be submitted within the application itself. You must enter a valid email address for your recommender. Once your application is submitted, the request for a recommendation will be sent to your recommender's email after payment for your application has been received. If your application is sent without or one of your recommenders declines to provide a recommendation, you can log back into the application and add a new recommender. Some recommenders choose not to submit letters of recommendation online, in this case letters of recommendation must be submitted using the PDF form and mailed directly to the program by your recommender. For more information and links to the PDF forms, check here.
Can I send my letters of recommendation through Interfolio?
Yes. Follow the directions in Interfolio to add the Interfolio email address of your recommendation in your Rice application.
My recommender didn't get the request for the online letter of recommendation. What should I do?
Please note that it is possible that the email generated by our application system was filtered as spam in your recommenders e-mail system. You can log back on to the application and resend your letter of recommendation. If you misentered the email address, simply add your recommender again as though they were a new recommender. If you continue to have this issue, please contact the program to which you have applied directly. The coordinator or administrator in that program can assist you with recommendation letters.
I am a recommender. The recommendation link is sending me to a blank page. Can you resend the link?
This may be because the student cancelled the request. Contact the applicant in question. If you have spoken to the applicant and tried to open the link in multiple web browsers and it still does not work, please contact the coordinator or administrator in the program your applicant is applying to. They can assist you by sending a new link or receiving your recommendation directly.
I recently submitted an application. However, one of the documents that I uploaded does not appear in the "Preview Applicant Proof." Is the document there?
If it appears that part of your application materials did not properly upload, please directly contact the program to which you have applied. They will have access to your application and can tell you if anything is missing.
There is a technical problem with the application, how do I resolve the issue?
We apologize if there are any technical problems with our online application system, and we thank you for your patience. If you are experiencing a technical problem with our online application and your question is not answered by any of the questions on this page, please contact us at email@example.com.
I am trying to pay the application fee, but it will not process or there is no option to pay.
Please check with the credit card company to see if there is anything in their system causing the payment to fail. If the credit card company insists that the issue is not on their end, then please contact us again and we will work to figure out how to resolve the issue. If you do not see an option to submit payment, your program may have waived the fee. Contact the program to which you have applied, and they will have access to your application and can clarify.
What is the status of my application?
We make every effort to keep you informed of your application status via the application portal. For specific questions, please check with your program of application. Please note that not all programs will be able to respond to status requests.
Can I edit my application after I submit?
Applicants are expected to proofread and verify all documents have uploaded before submitting the application. Some programs will permit important minor edits to your application. Please contact the program you are applying to regarding editing your application. Applicants are able to replace time-sensitive documents directly through the application portal. Applicants are also able to add recommenders to your application even after the application has been submitted.
I am a new student and I would like to start using my Rice email. How can I do this?
New students will get an email about their NetID, Esther account, and Rice Gmail soon (within 2-3 weeks) after accepting an offer of admission and uploading an official transcript. Once you receive this email, please activate these accounts as quickly as possible. We thank you for your patience.