Applying to the Graduate Program
Please read carefully through these step-by-step instructions before sending questions to the Graduate Coordinator.
A list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers is available here.
Bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree earned or will be earned before entering our graduate program
GPA (grade point average) 3.0 in a 4.0 scale (U.S. standards) or the equivalent in another grading system.
If your university/college does not use the 4.0 grading system, please translate your GPA into the 4.0 scale if
at all possible
GRE general test scores taken within last three years
There are no published required minimum scores.
For information and test registration, visit the GRE home page at ets.org
Recommendation from at least three people who know your academic achievements and potential
TOEFL score if your native language is not English. The minimum score is 90 on Internet-based, 250 on computer-based,
and 600 on paper-based test.
For information and test registration, visit ielts.org. IELTS (minimum score of 7) is acceptable in lieu of TOEFL. This TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived for a student
has received or will receive prior to entering our graduate program a
degree from a university where English is the official language of
Every fall about 20 applicants are offered admissions to our graduate degree programs. Our faculty seeks only the highest caliber
students for the graduate programs. Please be sure that you meet the minimum requirements, preferably higher,
before you apply. In addition, we encourage you to be well informed about our graduate degree requirements.
The deadline for fall semester applications is February 1st. Late applications for fall admissions may be considered until March 15th.
However, candidates who miss the application deadline (February 1st) place themselves in a less competitive position.
The deadline for spring semester applications is November 1st. Please note that we can admit very few students for a spring semester
due to the faculty/space availability.
A complete application consists of the following:
If you need financial support from Rice (fellowships
or assistantships) and you are applying to one of our research programs,
please answer "yes" to the question "do you need financial aid from
Rice?" found in the online application form.
Your application will be considered for any applicable fellowships and
assistantships available at Rice University. Applicants for the
non-research program (M.M.E.) cannot be considered for financial aid.
The fellowship award consists of monthly stipends
provided by the MECH department and a full tuition waiver offered by the
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Generally the award is offered to
applicants who are seeking full-time admission for the Ph.D. degree as
their highest degree. Applicants seeking the M.S. degree as their
highest degree, if offered admission, are usually offered “admission
Attn.: Graduate Coordinator
Mechanical Engineering – MS 321
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
If you are using Express mail, FedEx, DHL, etc., be sure to use our street address:
Attn.: Graduate Coordinator
Rice University – MS 321
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1827
Notification of Application Status
The MECH department will send you an email
notification of receipt of your application. You will be notified in
the email, if your application is missing an item or items. Only
complete applications are reviewed and considered. We will contact the
top candidates by email to make offers of admission in mid-March to
mid-April. A final application status notification will be sent to all
other applicants who are not made offers by the end of May.
avoid the delay of your application process, please do not contact the
department chair or faculty members to inquire about admission
requirements or application procedures/status. They will simply forward
your message to the Graduate Coordinator.
If you don’t find an answer on this page or FAQs, please contact the Graduate Coordinator: