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Application Process

Thank you for your interest in computer science graduate studies at Rice. Prospective graduate students may learn more about the department's graduate programs and about graduate student life at Rice by exploring the department's prospective graduate student website.

Applications to the Ph.D. program and the MCS program must be submitted through an online application system. An online help guide is available to assist with the application process. Additional information related to the application process is available in the following sections, in the responses to frequently asked questions related to the application process, and from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Applicants should contact the graduate admissions committee if they are unable to access the online application system.

Application Deadlines

All required application materials must be posted online by the following deadlines in order for an application to be considered:

Fall 2018 Admission: Ph.D. Program:  January 1, 2018
MCS Program:  January 30, 2018 
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Spring 2018 Admission: MCS Program:  October 1, 2017 

Notification Dates

Application decisions will be mailed on the schedule below. Using your username and password, you can access the application system to check your application status.

Fall 2018 Admission: Ph.D. Program:  mid-February 2018
MCS Program:  mid-March 2018
Spring 2018 Admission: MCS Program:  late-October 2017

Application Fee

The application fee for submitting an online application to a computer science graduate program is $85. The fee must be paid through the online application system using a major credit card. Application fee waivers are rarely granted. Applicants who believe that they may be eligible for a fee waiver should contact the graduate admissions committee.

Required Documents and Test Scores 

In addition to the application, the following documents and test scores are required to complete your application package. To avoid delays in processing your application materials, do not mail to the Computer Science Department duplicate copies of information that is available through the online application system.

Letters of Recommendation At least three letters of recommendation are required. The online application system will require you to submit letter writer names and email addresses. The system will then send to each of your letter writers an email message that includes a secure link to the online system, which will allow your letter writers to submit letters on your behalf. Visit the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Letters of Recommendation page for additional information.
Official Transcripts Electronic copies of transcripts are required from each college or university that you have attended; use the online application system to submit all electronic transcripts. If you are offered admission to Rice, you will be required to have official copies of each transcript mailed directly to the department.
GRE All applicants must submit scores for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) general exam. The ETS school code for Rice is 6609. GRE subject test scores are not required.
TOEFL Applicants who are foreign nationals or whose native language is not English must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and must score at least 90 on the iBT TOEFL or at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL. For those students who choose to take the IELTS in lieu of TOEFL, the minimum score is 7. The TOEFL school code for Rice is 6609. The TOEFL and IELTS are not necessary for an international student who has received a degree from a university in which English is the official language of communication. Eligible applicants should upload their transcript from an English speaking University/Institution, reflecting the degree conferred or in-progress, in order to have the TOEFL score requirement automatically waived.

Contact Us

All correspondence regarding graduate applications, including questions related to the application process, should be directed to the department's graduate admissions committee. Information and inquiries directed to individual faculty members will not be processed.

Graduate Admissions Committee 
Department of Computer Science 
Rice University  
P.O. Box 1892, MS-132 
Houston, TX   77251-1892 

Phone:  +1 713 348-4834 
Email:  gradapp#|)@^:(