Graduate Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University, where we offer the following graduate degrees:

Application Deadlines for Fall Admission

PhD & MS Programs

  • Application Deadline: December 31
  • Late applications will not be accepted or considered

MChE Program

  • Preferred Application Deadline: December 31
  • Late Applications: April 1

How to Apply

To be considered for admission into one of our programs, first review admissions requirements, then begin your Online Application to Rice University.

All documents must be submitted electronically — do not mail hard copies to the department. Unofficial test scores and transcripts may be submitted for the application process. Official copies will be requested upon an admission offer to our program.

Application Fee

The application fee for PhD applicants will be waived for candidates applying for fall 2022 admission. There is an application fee of $85 for Master's Programs (MS and MCHE).

Supporting Documents

In order to be considered, applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Completed online graduate application form
  • Unofficial transcripts of grades from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
  • At least three letters of recommendation from teachers or advisers
  • TOEFL scores are required for any student requiring a visa or whose native language is not English. Test-takers should score at least 90 on the iBT (internet-based) TOEFL, at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL or score 250 on the computer-based TOEFL. Only the best composite TOEFL score is accepted; myBest scores are not accepted. In lieu of the TOEFL the IELTS test will be accepted with a required score of 7 or greater. The ETS Reporting code for Rice University is 6609. Note: Waiver of the English language proficiency requirement is applicable to a candidate with proof of degree from a university whose official language of instruction is English (US universities and applicable international universities and/or countries). Applicants may upload unofficial scores. If an offer of admission is made and accepted the official scores will then be required.
  • A statement of purpose that addresses the following questions: Why do you want to obtain a degree in Chemical Engineering? Why are you interested in Rice and in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice. What relevant experiences do you have in research, academics, and/or prior jobs? Why do you believe you will be successful in either a thesis or non-thesis degree graduate program? What would you like to do after completing your degree, and what are your long-term career goals?

All items listed above must be uploaded to the application file before your application is complete. However, the admissions committee may elect to begin reviews with missing recommendations.

Recommender requests may be sent through the application system prior to finalizing and submitting an application. Applicants will receive a notification once a recommender has replied.

NOTE: Applicants are no longer required to submit GRE scores as part of the application process.

Selection Process

When selecting students for admission to our graduate program, all available material is carefully evaluated. However, the following criteria are particularly important:

  • Academic record (courses and grades). In general, Rice University applicants should have at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average (or equivalent) in their undergraduate work.
  • Evaluations by teachers and research advisers
  • The student's statement of purpose

The selection process is very competitive and we are able to offer admission to only a small fraction of the hundreds who apply to our program every year.

Admissions Policies & Procedures

Rice University policies and processes regarding admissions requirements may be found in the General Announcements.

Contact Us

PhD Program

Barbara Windish
Academic Program Administrator

Master's Programs

Dilip Asthagiri
Director, MChE Program

Mailing Address

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