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Graduate Study Admission


In the selection of prospective graduate students at Rice, all available material is carefully evaluated, particularly:

  1. the scholastic record as reflected by courses chosen and the quality of performance;
  2. the evaluations of teachers and advisers;
  3. scores on the Graduate Record Examination (both the general and subject tests); and
  4. the student's own goals, aspirations, and special interests.
  5. Previous research experience

There is no minimum score on the GRE required for admission.

For the TOEFL test the preferred total scores are 95 or above.  The minimum required score is 90.  TOEFL Scores more than 2 years old cannot be accepted in any format per the ETS score reporting policy. The university required minimum GPA is 3.0 (B) or the equivalent. For further information, please see the university requirements.

Application materials for admission to graduate study in physics and astronomy are on-line. Transcripts, including the first-semester grades for senior year and three letters of recommendation, should be uploaded to the on-line application.  Official transcripts and GRE/TOEFL exam scores need to be sent directly to the department.  For a complete list of documents needed, see Graduate Application Checklist.

The applicant's completed file is circulated among a committee of faculty members. Those applicants selected by the committee and approved by the Office of Graduate Programs are notified of their admission to graduate school and fellowship award. All applicants are notified by email after the committee has completed its review.

All applications must be completed by January 1. Notification of acceptance is ordinarily completed by April 15.

The Physics & Astronomy Department Application deadline for the Fall 2018 semester is January 1, 2018.  Late applications may be considered until April 1, 2018.  Candidates who miss the deadline place themselves in a less competitive position.

Direct correspondence to:
Graduate Committee Chair
Physics and Astronomy Department, MS-61
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

E-mail inquiries about the Physics and Astronomy graduate program at Rice should be directed to the Physics and Astronomy Department's Graduate Admissions Coordinator. The application procedures for the Professional Masters Program in Nanoscale Physics and the Applied Physics Program are listed on their webpages.
***Rice University will be CLOSED for Christmas, Winter Recess, and New Year's Holiday from 12/25/17 - 1/1/18. Please try to contact the appropriate areas listed above prior to these holidays if you have any questions or if you encounter problems with the online application.

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