How to Apply

Application Deadline: December 31

The Applied Physics Graduate Program application deadline for the Ph.D. program is December 31st at 11:59p.m. Eastern Time. Applicants can begin applying as early as September 1st. You should begin as early as possible. Late applications will not be accepted. Students applying for admission to our Ph.D. program are asked to submit the following:

1. A completed application form

Apply online at Rice University's online graduate application at

2. Application fee

The application fee is waived for all applicants.

    3. Unofficial transcript

    Transcripts of grades from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

    For reviewing purposes, electronic copies of transcripts from each college or university you have attended can be uploaded through the online application system to meet the application requirements. If you are offered admission to Rice, official copies of the transcripts will be required and can either be sent directly to the Applied Physics Graduate Program from the institution or sealed by the institution in a signed envelope.

    4. TOEFL

    The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of any student whose native language is not English. Your score must not be more than two years old and an official copy must be sent to the Graduate School directly from ETS. Students must score at least 90 on the iBT (internet-based) TOEFL, at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL or score at least 250 on the computer-based TOEFL. For students who choose to take the IELTS in lieu of TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.

    The TOEFL and the IELTS may be waived for an international student who received a degree from a university in which English is the official language of communication. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit proof for this waiver.

    The Institution code for the TOEFL is 6609, and the Department code is 60 for Applied Physics (Other Physical Sciences).

    As long as you have the correct institution code of 6609, your official scores will be received electronically from ETS.  Paper copies of the scores are not required. NOTE: you cannot search by code, only by Department title.

    5. GRE

    This program does not require GREs.

    6. Letters of recommendation

    Four letters of recommendation are requested and the online reference forms are required. These letters should normally be written by faculty who are familiar with your work and can address your potential for success in graduate school.  

    We request applicants to submit four (4) letters if possible.  We begin evaluation of the full application once three letters have been received.  However, we cannot move forward on the application review with less than three letters.  All letters of recommendation are due by January 6.

    Submit all inquiries & application materials to:

    Rice University
    Applied Physics Graduate Program, MS-100
    P.O. Box 1892
    Houston, TX 77251-1892

    Courier deliveries should be sent to:
    Rice University
    Applied Physics Graduate Program-MS 100
    301 Space Science
    6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005

    Phone: 713-348-6008
    NOTE: Voicemail and emails should receive responses within 2 business days.

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    Note: MS Degree: Although students are not normally admitted to study for an MS, this degree is sometimes awarded to students who do not complete the PhD program.