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To be considered for admission to the MCEE, M.S. or Ph.D. programs, prospective students must meet and submit the following minimum requirements (Students who have a BS or BA degree in any field of Engineering or related study may apply): 

  • GPA Requirement 3.0 or higher
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended. Applicants must upload an unofficial transcript to the application and also send an official copy of their transcripts. If an unofficial transcript is received during the admissions process, and you are admitted, a 30 day deadline is given (from the date of the offer letter) to provide an official transcript.  If the current degree has not been conferred, Rice requires a final transcript showing conferral of the degree before registration of the second semester at Rice. Note: All transcripts mailed must arrive in sealed envelopes, with signature across the seal.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores are required. The verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores must be reported.  GRE tests must meet a combined score of 301 on quantitative and verbal, with at least 150 on the verbal section.

Please request official GRE scores to be sent to Rice University using Institution Code 6609 and Dept. Code 1102 for Civil Engineering or 1103 for Environmental Engineering. 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants who are foreign nationals or whose native language is not English. Applicants must score at least 90 on the iBT TOEFL. For those students who choose to take the IELTS in lieu of TOEFL, the minimum score is 7. The TOEFL school code for Rice is 6609.  

  • Letters of Recommendation are required from at least three teachers or advisors.  The online application system will require you to enter the name of your references and their email addresses. The system will send an email to each of the references with a secure link to the online system.  This will allow them to submit letters on your behalf electronically. 

  • Application fee of $85. The fee should be paid by credit card. The application can be processed only when the application fee has been received.   


We will begin accepting applications for the Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 terms on August 15th, 2017. The application deadline for Spring 2018 semester is October 15th. The application deadline for Fall 2018 semester is February 1st. Late applications for the fall term may be considered until April 29th. An applicant seeking to apply after February 1st will require the approval of the graduate committee, only under exceptional circumstances. Request should be sent to atorres@rice.edu. In view of this it is more competitive to apply by the February 1st deadline.

Please Note: Candidates who miss the initial deadline place themselves in a less competitive position.

Online Application

Apply online by visiting the webpage https://cevegradapps.rice.edu/ 

Financial Aid

Types of financial aid offered are mostly research assistantships and fellowships, both of which include a monthly stipend with full tuition waiver. Generally, financial support is awarded to:

  1. Applicants who meet/exceed the rigorous admission criteria and are at the top of the applicant pool, and 
  2. Applicants who seek to pursue Ph.D. as their highest degree.

Applicants seeking the M.S or M.C.E.E. as their highest degree, if offered admission, are usually offered “admission only”.

Please Note: If you will self-support your studies at Rice then full financial details will be required as stipulated by the office of graduate and postdoctoral studies (GPS), and for international students as stipulated by GPS and by the Office of International Students and Scholars before an I-20 can be issued.

Notification of Status

After the admissions committee has considered all applications and reached a decision, the CEE office will notify you of your status by either sending a formal letter of admission or a letter declining admission by email and postal mail. You will also be notified if you are selected to receive financial aid. A final status letter will be mailed to all applicants by mid to late April.

Submit all inquiries and application materials to

Graduate Applications Committee
Civil & Environmental Engineering
6100 Main St./MS-519
Houston, TX 77005 

Phone: 713-348-2353
Email: atorres@rice.edu
Fax: 713-348-5268