The Engineering Professional Master's Program at Rice University takes a holistic approach when reviewing applicants, taking into consideration academic performance and proven excellence in extracurricular activities.

Program Requirements & Deadlines

Before you, visit the departments to learn about admissions details for each of our professional master’s programs and degree requirements:

Program Fall Admission Deadline Spring Admission Deadline
Master of Bioengineering Global Medical Innovation: January 31
Applied Bioengineering: February 1 (Priority Deadline) | April 15 (Final Deadline)
Global Medical Innovation: N/A
Applied Bioengineering: October 15
Master of Chemical Engineering December 31
(Late deadline: April 1)
October 1
Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering January 15 November 1
Master of Computational and Applied Mathematics January 15
(Late deadline: February 28)
Master of Computational Science and Engineering March 15 N/A
Master of Computer Science January 30 October 1
Master of Computer Science, Online July 15 November 1
Summer: March 1
Master of Data Science

January 30

October 1

Master of Data Science, Online July 1, 2021

November 1
Summer: March 1

Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering December 15 ( Late application deadline January 15) N/A
Master of Engineering Management & Leadership September 1 - April 1
(Late application deadline May 1)
September 1 - November 1
Master of Engineering Management & Leadership, Online

July 1

November 1
Master of Industrial Engineering February 1 N/A
Master of Materials Science and NanoEngineering February 1 November 15
Master of Mechanical Engineering December 15 or January 15 October 15
Master of Statistics March 31 N/A

How to Apply

When you are ready to apply, complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online application
  • Send the following to Rice University at the address below or online, if available:
    • Three (3) personal letters of recommendation — references can submit letters online
    • General GRE scores — use the code 6609 for Rice University (no department code needed)
    • Official transcripts from all universities you have attended
    • TOEFL / IELTS scores (if required)
    • At least 115 on the Duolingo test of English proficiency.
    • The applicant has completed or is expected to complete, a post-secondary degree from an institution in which English is the official language of communication or instruction*.
    • ​​​​For 2024, Rice will not accept the ITP Plus test to evaluate English language proficiency, but scores/interviews are able to be reported to Rice as supplemental material via Vericant.

Sending your application materials

Application packages must be sent via FedEx to our physical address once you are admitted into the program:

Rice University
Attn: [Department to which you are applying]
6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005


In general, applicants must have at least a 3.0(B) grade point average in their undergraduate work.

Transcripts should be official and in confidential, signed-across-the-seal envelopes provided to you by the registrar of each institution, undergraduate and graduate, which you have attended. If your school will not provide you directly with an official copy of your transcript, then ask them to send it to the department.

You may also wish to send an unofficial copy, for the application process. Once admitted, the original must be sent.

GRE scores

Some departments at Rice University require scores on the aptitude portion of the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) as an appropriate advanced test. The ETS Reporting code for Rice University is 6609. For helpful information on how to prep for the GRE, click here; for GMAT, here.

For 2022 admissions, Rice generally is not requiring the GRE. However, individual degree programs have the option of recommending, strongly recommending, or requiring the general GRE. See more.

TOEFL scores

The English as a Foreign Language test (TOEFL), is required for any student whose native language is not English. Applicants, who already hold a degree from a university where English is the official language, are exempt from providing a TOEFL score. Applicants must score at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL, at least 250 on the computer-based TOEFL, or at least 90 on the internet-based test. Learn more about the TOEFL.

For students who choose to take the IELTS in lieu of TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.

IELTS scores

Students whose native language is not English may also use the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
IELTS is owned, developed, and delivered through the partnership of the British Council, IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. You can get more information about the IELTS at or send an e-mail to

  • International applicants who choose to take the IELTS should plan to take the Academic IELTS test or, for 2021, the IELTS Indicator.
  • Scores can be reported directly to Rice using the name "Rice University Graduate Admissions."
  • For students who choose to take the IELTS in lieu of TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.
  • For helpful tips on preparing for the IELTS, click HERE.


The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with [institution name] when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

  • Applicants to Rice must earn at least a 115 on the Duolingo English Test.
  • To prepare or take the test, click HERE.

*Please allow two weeks for all scores to be reported to Rice. For more information on score reporting, click here.

    For International Students

    Information addressing the concerns of international applicants can be found via the Office of International Students and Scholars.

    For additional questions contact our offices at +1 (713) 348 2852 / 3349 or email us at