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FAQ's about Graduate Studies in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

  1. Can I apply directly to a Ph.D. program, or must I apply for the Master's degree first? 
  2. Can I apply for either Spring or Fall admission?
  3.  When should I begin the application process?
  4.  I may have some documents sent to Rice before I submit the application forms. What will happen to them?
  5.  If I do not have all required documents quite ready and the December 31st deadline is approaching, what should I do?
  6. What if my recommendations are received after the December 31st deadline? Will this delay the review process?
  7.  Is there a minimum GRE score?
  8. What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score? How can I get a waiver?   
  9. When will my scores, GRE and/or TOEFL/IELTS be verified as official?  
  10.  What is the minimum GPA?
  11. How do I find out if you've received all my application materials?
  12.  How do I find out my application status?
  13.  When are admission decisions made and how will I find out if I'm admitted?
  14.  What if I have other questions?

Can I apply directly to a Ph.D. program, or must I apply for the Master's degree first?

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering admits applicants seeking the PhD degree regardless of whether or not they hold a Master’s degree. The only difference will be in the coursework that will be required upon matriculation once accepted to the PhD program. A comprehensive review and degree requirement plan will be made for each student once all official transcripts are received.


Can I apply for either Spring or Fall admission?

The Rice Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Enginering admits graduate students for matriculation in the Fall semester only. The deadline for receiving your completed application is  December 31st of the previous calendar year to which you wish to enter the program.


When should I begin the application process?

You should begin your application process as early as possible. The online application typically becomes available the first week in September for the next fall academic year start. To make sure scores are available when admission decisions are normally made, you should take the required GRE and, if applicable, the TOEFL test(s) at least a few months before the December 31st deadline.


I may have some documents sent to Rice before I submit the application forms. What will happen to them?

All documents must be submitted online through the application. Do not send application materials or documents through the mail.

REMEMBER: Materials submitted in support of an application are not released for other purposes and cannot be returned to the applicant. 


If I do not have all required documents quite ready and the December 31st deadline is approaching, what should I do?

Meeting the December 31st deadline is of paramount importance. In order to be considered for admission, you must submit all application materials through the online application by the deadline. Late applications cannot be accepted.


What happens if my recommendations are received after the December 31st deadline? Will this delay the review process?

An automated request will be sent to your listed recommenders only after an application is submitted and finalized. The admissions committee will take into consideration the timing of your application submission. We realize that recommendations will often be received after the December 31 application deadline. This will not delay the review process by the admissions committee. If during the review process there are any missing recommendation responses your recommenders will be contacted directly to provide an assessment.


Is there a minimum GRE score?

Rice University does not have an established minimum GRE score. However, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is a highly competitive program and most of our top candidates have high GRE verbal, analytical and quantitative scores.


What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score? How can I get a waiver?

Rice University requires all applicants who are foreign nationals or whose native language is not English to take either the TOEFL or IELTS test and score at least 90 on the iBT TOEFL or at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL. The IELTS minimum score is 7. 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. (Degree is defined by the department as undergraduate or master’s).


When will my scores, GRE and/or TOEFL/IELTS be verified as official?

Please see information regarding English Language Requirements here.


What is the minimum GPA?

Rice University's established minimum GPA is 3.0. Our top candidates have demonstrated excellence in their performance in the undergraduate programs they have completed. Typically this means very high GPA's from former undergraduate and, when applicable, graduate institutions.


How do I find out if you've received all my application materials?

Once you've submitted your application online, you will be sent an e-mail confirming receipt of the application. For your convenience, we have provided a checklist of required materials--as long as you included each of those items in your application, the file will be complete.


How do I find out my application status?

Due to the volume of applications we receive each year, we are not able to provide a status update beyond the message that you received when you submitted your application. We will not tell you the status of your application over the phone or via e-mail.


When are admission decisions made and how will I find out if I'm admitted?

Admission decisions are usually made by March 31st. While we appreciate that applicants who have applied to other universities often have to make a decision to accept or reject an offer from another institution, we cannot supply an early decision.

Once an admission decision has been made, you will be notified of the outcome via e-mail.


What if I have other questions?

Applicants may obtain departmental information on graduate study by contacting Barbara Windish, the Graduate Admissions Coordinator:

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, MS 362
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Fax: 713/348-5478
Email: chbe@rice.edu