Programs of Study

Thank you for your interest in graduate study* at Rice University! Links to specific graduate programs are located in the left menu.

Graduate study at Rice is offered in two broad categories:

  1. research-oriented programs leading to the M.A., M.S., and various doctoral degrees, and
  2. professional programs which primarily provide advanced coursework and lead to master's degrees in certain specified disciplines. 

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded for original studies in the schools of:



  • Applied Physics
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Materials Science and NanoEngineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Statistics


  • Art History
  • English
  • French Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Religion

Natural Sciences

  • Applied Physics
  • BioSciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Sociology

The Master of Science degree may be obtained in many fields. Consult your program of interest for more information. Links to specific programs can be found in the left menu.

Other Master's programs:

The School of Architecture offers the degrees of Master of Architecture and Master of Arts in Architecture. Completion of a MArch degree requires five to seven academic semesters and completion of the M.A. in Architecture requires three academic semesters.

The Shepherd School of Music offers the Master of Music (M.M.) and the Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degrees. The minimum hourly requirements for the M.Mus. degree vary from 43 to 57 according to the major area.

The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business provides programs leading to the degrees of Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree. Completion of the M.B.A. degree requires a minimum of two academic years in residence at Rice and 60 credit hours.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is a professional degree program for students wishing to qualify for secondary-school teaching following a liberal undergraduate education. The program typically requires the completion of 11 advanced courses.

The Rice University Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree program is a part-time, interdisciplinary liberal arts program. The total course of study is 33 credit hours which includes three core courses, seven electives, and a final CAPSTONE course.

The Rice University Master of Global Affairs (MGA) is a two-year Master of Arts degree. MGA students complete rigorous coursework that compels high standards of scholarship and offers practical training for careers in government, the private sector and international organization.

The Master of Energy Economics (MEECON) offers graduate level education in a 12-month program that emphasizes applying economic principles to analyze and understand commercial and other influences on energy markets and enables graduates to communicate valuable insights arising from that approach. The program offers practical training for energy markets analysts working in government, the private sector, and international organizations.

Professional Master's degrees in the schools of Engineering and Natural Sciences are also offered.

*A full chart of degree programs is found in the General Announcements. Graduate programs at Rice usually require full-time study.