Rice: Wiess School of Natural Sciences

Professional Master's Program: An Unconventional Career Track

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Prof. Master's Program
6100 Main Street, MS-103
Houston, TX 77005
713.348.3188  tel
713.348.3121  fax


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Initial Funding by the
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Tuition & Financial Aid


The yearly graduate tuition at Rice University for the 2016- 2017 year is $36,000. The Professional Master's Program requires three semesters of tuition (total of $54,000) and a nominal fee to continue full-time student status during the semester that the student is involved in his or her internship.

A list of tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 academic year, including medical insurance fees, can be found at Cashier's Office

Sources of Financial Assistance

Because the Professional Master’s Degree is a non-thesis (non-research) degree, Rice University does not offer tuition waivers, stipends, fellowships, or assistantships for this program, similar to MBA programs. Corporate scholarships are sometimes available and all accepted students are eligible to apply.

However, other sources of financial assistance exist, mainly in the form of loans. Visit the Rice Office of Student Financial Services for more information on loans, work-study programs, and outside sources of aid.  As these degrees are considered STEM degrees, many grants and scholarships are available, especially for minorities and women. Also remember that the salary received during the required internship can be used to offset some of the cost.

Loan options include federal subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, and private loans. International students are eligible for loans from commercial lending institutions if they have a co-signer who is a US citizen. If you have questions about which type(s) of loans may be best for you, please contact Student Financial Services at fina@rice.edu.

Other sources of financial assistance and information can be found at the following websites:


Last updated 05/2014 dkb