Step-by-Step Instructions for Applying to the Department
Contact MEMS Department Directly
Unlike undergraduate admissions, graduate admissions
are handled directly by the department and not by
the Rice University Office of Admissions, the Graduate Office, or
the Dean's Office for the School of Engineering. All correspondence
should be directed to:
GRE and TOEFL Scores
Without exception, all applicants for
graduate school must take the Graduate Records
Examination (GRE) General Test. All applicants
from abroad must take the Test of English as a
Foreign Language (TOEFL) in addition to the GRE.
Please request ETS to
send your official scores directly to this department.
- Decide on which degree you are presently applying
for (i.e. Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science).
- Decide on the highest degree you expect to seek (i.e.
Master's or Ph.D.)
- Go to our faculty
pages to find at least two professors with
research interest the same as yours. Please see the listing below for areas of study in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department.
- Biomedical Systems
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Computational Mechanics
- Control Systems/Robotics
- Fluid Mechanics
- Heat Transfer
- Materials Science
- Solid Mechanics
- Thermal Science
Be sure to read the Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) if you have any
questions. A list of the most common questions and their
answers can be found here.
How to Apply
After verifying that there are at least two professors with the
same research interest and after reading the Graduate
Admissions FAQ you can fill out the APPLICATION on-line. Please be sure to read all of the instructions completely before completing the application.
- use correct punctuation - do not type in all CAPITAL letters
- fill in all information boxes that apply to you
- fill in "Area(s) of Study" (no. 11 on application) using only specific MEMS areas listed above (no more than two, please)
- do not choose "MME" or "MMS" degree because these are non-research, non-thesis degrees, UNLESS you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Submitting Application Packet
We highly recommend that you send:
in one package to the address below. This will
make processing much faster. Please note that recommendation
letters and transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes. The person
writing the recommendation or the person in the
Registrar's office who sends your transcript must
sign across the seal. Be sure to include your
application fee with the packet. Also be sure to have ETS send your
official GRE and TOEFL scores directly to this department. Your
application cannot be processed without them.
- your application (unless you fill it out on-line)
- Statement of Purpose/Plan of Study
- 3 letters of recommendation
- copies of GRE/TOEFL scores
- official transcripts, and
- $35 application fee (The MEMS department will not waive the application fee)
Send your application packet directly to:
Attn: Graduate Coordinator
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science - MS 321
Houston, Texas 77251-1892
Your application must be received by February 1 if you are
applying for financial aid. It is best to apply early since on
average we admit 25 students, and, of those, approximately ten
receive fellowships. Graduate fellowships (the only form of
financial aid the department offers) are awarded by the department
and not Rice. Upon acceptance you may receive admission only or a
fellowship (admission with an award of tuition plus a stipend).
Application Review Process
Once we receive all of your application materials, the Graduate
Committee will review them and faculty will make a decision. You will be notified right away by e-mail and postal mail if you are offered admission.
The application review and offer process can take time. Usually all final status letters are sent out by early to mid-June.
We welcome all applications of outstanding students.
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