Please read carefully through these step-by-step instructions before sending questions to the graduate administrator. A list of frequently asked questions and answers is available here.
Bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree earned or will be earned before entering
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
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 who has received or will receive prior to entering the graduate program a degree from a university where English is the official language of communication
Every fall, about 20 applicants are offered admission to the Mechanical Engineering 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 for the Ph.D
. and M.M.E
The deadline for fall semester applications is December 15th. Late applications will not be considered.
The deadline for spring semester applications is October 15th. Please note that we admit very few students for the spring semester.
A complete application consists of:
Online application form
Once you have submitted your online application
, you cannot change any information provided in the form. Should you need to update your application, please contact the graduate administrator by email with the information that you wish to be in your application.
Selected areas of study
The program offers the following areas of study and applicants should select up to two areas of their interest and indicate this on the application form:
Biomechanics and Biomedical Systems
Computational Fluid Dynamics and Fluid-Structure Interaction
Heat Transfer and Thermal Science
The application fee ($85.00) can be paid online when you submit your online application form. We cannot accept cash, a check or money order and the department does not grant fee waivers.
One official transcript from each university or college attended. Official transcripts should be submitted by mail to the address below. All other application materials should be uploaded through the online application. A transcript is considered official when when the department receives it enclosed in a sealed envelope with an official stamp or signature across the seal. We do not need secondary school (high school) transcripts. If your transcripts and proof of degree are not in English, you must have an official translation from a translation service. The document should be on their letterhead or with their official seal/stamp.
The department must receive an official report of your scores from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Use the institution code 6609 and department code 1501 for Mechanical Engineering. The test must have been taken within the last three years.
Three letters of recommendation
We accept letters of recommendation through your online application. Current email address and titles for all references must be included with your online application.
The department must receive an official report of your scores from ETS. Use the institution code 6609 and department code 68. If you take IELTS in lieu of TOEFL, please write to the graduate administrator so the department can obtain the score directly from the IELTS office.
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.) will not be considered for financial aid.
The fellowship award consists of monthly stipends provided by the department and a full tuition waiver offered by the Office of 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 only.
Attn.: Graduate Administrator
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 Administrator
Rice University – MS 321
Department of Mechanical Engineering
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1827
Notification of Application Status
The 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 applicants who are not accepted by the end of May.
To avoid the delay of your application, 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 administrator.
If you don’t find an answer on this page or in the FAQs, please contact the graduate administrator at email@example.com
or call 713-348-3933.