The Rice University Applied Physics Graduate Program offers a graduate program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) The program does NOT ofer a stand-alone thesis Master of Science degree; students admitted to our Ph.D. program with a bachelor's degree are required to earn the thesis M.S. within the program before proceeding to the Ph.D.
Students admitted with an approved previous M.S. thesis degree will need to discuss specific requirements with the Applied Physics committee chair and student's advisor. Previous M.S. degrees are approved or denied contingent upon the approval of the student's advisor and the Applied Physics Graduate Committee (APCAC). Some courses may still be required as core courses cannot be waived. Denied previous M.S. degrees require the student to obtain a Rice Applied Physics M.S. degree before continuing on to the Ph.D. degree.
Our online application for admission is located at https://gradapply.rice.edu. The deadline to apply to our Ph.D. program is January 15th at 11:59p.m. Eastern Time for Fall admission. The application process is opened beginning September 1st. No late applications will be considered.
The application fee is $85, payable by credit card. Applicants with financial needs may be eligible for application fee waivers; please see the list below.
University-paid application fee waivers include, but are not limited to:
Students admitted to the Ph.D. program are fully funded by the Smalley Curl Institute for the first 9 months of study with a monthly stipend and tuition waiver. After the 9-month period, students will affiliate with an advisor and receive stipend payments through another source. The Ph.D. program is full-time only with a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester. Ph.D. students may be required to fulfill some semesters of grading as part of the degree requirements. The number of semesters is determined by the host department with which the student is affiliated.
Successful applicants to the Ph.D. program must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The average admitted students in Applied Physics obtain GRE scores in the range of V156 and Q164 and above.
Minimum TOEFL scores for international applicants are 600 (paper), 250 (computer), and 90 (iBT). TOEFL requirements for the Ph.D. program may be waived for students who have received a degree from a university where English is the official language of communication. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit proof for the waiver.