Our graduate students immerse themselves in innovative research while developing a professional network on and off campus.
Graduate students in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University tackle fundamental problems through their research to take on challenges that can directly improve lives. Our graduate programs are designed to meet the needs of students wishing to advance their profession as well as those wishing to prepare for a career in academia, research or development.
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Rice Engineering has 13 programs of study toward thesis-based PhD or master's degrees in each of its nine departments, all of which are ranked in the top 30 in the nation. We also offer 12 non-thesis Professional Master's Programs including two online for students wishing to expand their engineering knowledge.
With Rice University's small size comes access to working alongside our world-class faculty on life-changing research. The School of Engineering has 140 tenured and tenure-track faculty — among them 8 members of the National Academies of Engineering, Sciences and Medicine, a National Medal of Science honoree and a MacArthur Fellow.
Most qualified Ph.D. engineering applicants are strongly supported by competitive stipends through a range of fellowships, scholarships and assistantships. Students also may apply for fellowships in graduate training programs administered at Rice.
Rice University sits in the heart of Houston, which is home to the energy industry, as well as the world's largest medical complex, and NASA's Johnson Space Center is just down the road. With that, Rice researchers have endless opportunities for collaboration and careers.