Rice: Wiess School of Natural Sciences

Professional Master's Program: An Unconventional Career Track

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RICE University
Prof. Master's Program
6100 Main Street, MS-103
Houston, TX 77005
713.348.3188 (phone)
713.348.3121 (fax)
profms@rice.edu

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www.sciencemasters.com

Initial Funding by the
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Admission

Rice seeks highly qualified students for its graduate programs. Beyond objective standards of academic competence, we also look for other, more subjective qualities such as creativity, ambition, and leadership potential.

Full-time students should apply for Fall admission.  Working professionals seeking enrollment as part-time students may apply for Fall or Spring admission.You must apply online.

The application is found at the   Rice Graduate School Application    web page.

Please note that the Professional Science Master's Program has been grouped with its respective home departments:

  • Bioscience and Health Policy (BHP): look under Biochemistry and Cell Biology (M.S.B.H.P - Grad Masters Professional) Dept: Prof Masters in School of Nat Science
  • Environmental Analysis and Decision Making (EADM), look under Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Ecology (M.S.E.A.D.M. - Grad Masters Professional) 
Dept: Prof Masters in School of Nat Science
  • Nanoscale Physics (NP), look under Physics: (M.S. Nanoscale Physics - Grad Masters Professional)
  • Subsurface Geoscience (SG), look under Earth Science: ( M.S. Subsurface Geoscience - Grad Masters Professional)
  • Space Studies (SPACE), please contact profms@rice.edu for more information.

     No application fee is required for the Professional Master's Program. 

*Please email evt1@rice.edu regarding online application questions, application fee waivers and late applications.

Applications for Fall 2014 are open with a deadline of February 15, 2014. Please note, if space is available, late applications may be considered  for Fall 2014 admission through July 2014. 

 However, candidates who miss the deadline place themselves in a less competitive position, as spaces will become  limited.   *E-mail evt1@rice.edu for a code to submit your late application.

Applications for Spring 2015 will open July 1st, 2014.

To apply, please send the following items:

  • Completed application (apply on-line)
  • Three personal letters of recommendation - recommenders can now submit their letters on-line
  • General GRE scores (use the code 6609 for Rice; do not worry about a department code)
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • TOEFL scores (if required)

Send all materials to:

Rice University
Professional Science Master's Program MS-103  
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX  77251-1892
Attn: Dagmar Beck    


FedEx packages must be sent to our physical address: 6100 Main Street, GRB E100, MS-103, Houston, TX  77005

Transcripts

In general, applicants must have at least a 3.0(B) grade point average in their undergraduate work.

Transcripts should be official and in confidential, signed-across-the-seal envelopes provided to you by the registrar of each institution, undergraduate and graduate, which you have attended. If your school will not provide you directly with an official copy of your transcript, then ask them to send it to the department. You may also wish to send an unofficial copy, for temporary use only.

GRE Scores

Rice University requires all applicants to provide GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test scores.

 
Official GRE scores must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service.  Because we match scores by an applicant's name, it is important that you explicitly call our attention to any discrepancies that might occur between your name as reported on your application forms and as recorded on your GRE scores.  In general, applicants should score at least 148 on the quantitative section, at least 146 on the verbal section and at least 4 on the analytical writing section.    

Be sure to take the GRE in time for official scores to reach us by the application deadline. For information on the GRE exam, visit www.gre.org.


TOEFL Scores

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test is required for any student whose native language is not English.  Applicants who already hold a degree from an American university, are exempt from providing a TOEFL score. Applicants must score at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL , at least 250 on the computer-based TOEFL, or at least 95 on the internet-based test.  For information on the TOEFL exam, visit  www.toefl.org.

For students who choose to take the IELTS in lieu of TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.   

Rice Undergraduate Students

Rice undergraduate students applying for 5th year PSM degree :

Admission is open to Rice junior and senior students who have shown academic excellence in their undergraduate studies. Applications have to be received within the normal time table 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 track director and the PSM director.
 

International Students

Information addressing the concerns of international applicants can be found on the International Students page.

For Questions please visit our  FAQ page or contact us at 713-348-3188 or profms@rice.edu


Last updated: 02/20/14 evt