5th Year at Rice

Juniors and seniors in the George R. Brown School of Engineering can create a pathway to one of our 12 non-thesis professional master’s programs. With detailed planning, you can finish a fifth year of study at Rice to earn your bachelor's and master's degrees back to back.

Learn more about Graduate Concurrent Enrollment opportunity for Rice undergraduates.

How to Apply

Undergraduate students at Rice University can apply for 5th year Professional Master’s degree. Admission is open to Rice juniors and seniors who have shown academic excellence in their undergraduate studies (GPA 3.0 and up). 

Applications have to be received within the normal time for application for the program. With faculty approval, students can start taking required core courses of the Professional Master’s Program during their senior year at Rice. A plan of graduate study based on their particular focus area will need to be developed and approved by the undergraduate adviser together with the EPMP adviser.

Learn more about admissions, requirements and deadlines.

The benefits for Rice undergraduates follow this path are the following:

  • No GRE required
  • Application fee waived (varies by department)
  • Scholarships opportunities

Additional information

  • Rice undergraduate students must complete the requirements for a baccalaureate degree and the EPMP degree independently of each other, i.e. no course may be counted toward the fulfillment of both degrees.
  • Rice undergraduates should keep in mind that there is no provision for obtaining both degrees in a period shorter that five years.
  • Students receiving scholarships and other forms of financial aid from Rice University may only apply that aid toward the completion of their undergraduate degree. The 5th year EPMP students should plan to seek alternative sources of support for the fifth year of study.