How to Apply for Graduate Data & Computer Science Programs



7 Steps to Apply to a CS Graduate Program

It’s a fast and easy 7-step process to apply for a graduate program at Rice University.

  1. Fill Out an Application Online
    Our online graduate programs have three start dates per year (Fall, Spring, and Summer) and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You’ll need to create an account to start a new application. After creating an account, fill out your personal information and make sure you have the necessary application materials below.
  2. Collect Three Letters of Recommendation
    Program applicants must provide letters of recommendation from three individuals. These letters can come from professors, direct supervisors, individuals familiar with your relevant education or professional experience, and/or research advisors.
  3. Submit Your Transcripts
    Prospective students can provide official or unofficial transcripts with their application. If accepted, you will be asked to provide an official transcript.
  4. Send Your Resume
    Applicants should also provide an up-to-date resume or CV.
  5. Provide Test Scores
    The GRE is not a requirement for admission, but students can send GRE scores directly to Rice University using code: 6609. In lieu of the GRE, the application committee will consider work experience and a recommendation from your direct supervisor.
  6. Write Your Statement of Purpose
    The Statement of Purpose should provide an overview of your academic and professional experience and your motivation to pursue your MDS degree. Include your specific interest in data science and your goals upon program completion to advance your career and the data science field.
  7. Don’t Forget Your Application Fee
    Once you have all the necessary materials, you’re ready to pay the $85 application fee and apply online.

Application Information

Ph.D. in Computer Science:

While most applicants have a background in computer science or math, this is not a requirement for admission. The admissions committee encourages students with undergraduate degrees in related disciplines to apply.

Students applying for their Ph.D. in Computer Science can apply online. Applications are taken on a rolling basis. Learn more about the Ph.D. program application and admission requirements.

Master of Computer Science:

MCS@Rice program applicants should have completed a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a science or engineering field, but are not required to have majored in computer science. Applicants should have a 3.0 GPA, however, exceptions can be made if a student has a master’s degree, high GRE scores, or a significant amount of work experience. In addition to programming experience, prospective students should provide three letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores (where applicable), and a statement of purpose.

Learn more about the Master of Computer Science application and requirements.

On-Campus MCS@Rice: For information regarding the Spring 2022 cohort, please visit the Graduate Programs Application page.

Online MCS@Rice: Applications are taken on a rolling basis. Apply for the Spring 2022 cohort by submitting application materials before November 1st, 2021.

Master of Data Science:

To apply for the Master of Data Science program, applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree. Prospective students are also encouraged to have the appropriate mathematical background, including high-school-level algebra and trigonometry, and college-level calculus, plus basic discrete math skills, and boolean logic.

Learn more about the Master of Data Science application and requirements.

On-Campus MDS@Rice: For information regarding the Fall 2022 cohort, please visit the Graduate Programs Application page.

Online MDS@Rice: Applications are taken on a rolling basis. Apply for the Spring 2022 cohort by submitting application materials before November 1st, 2021.

Looking to learn more about our programs? Reach out to an enrollment coach to help you through the process.


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