Each student’s course of study is flexible, developed in consultation with an advisory committee and the department Graduate Committee. A cross-disciplinary program with departments in Rice’s Brown School of Engineering is available for graduate students wishing to emphasize computational research in the earth sciences. Incoming students should have or should acquire a strong background in physics, chemistry, and mathematics and should have a broad grounding in fundamental earth science. Students who majored in any science or in mathematics are encouraged to apply.

Program Requirements

MS students generally must complete one semester of residency and 30 credit hours. The thesis must include a least one manuscript that has been submitted to a recognized peer-review journal with the student as the lead author. All graduate students enrolled are also required to take a written qualifying exam covering general earth science knowledge, usually in the second semester.

More specific details can be found in the guidelines.

Full-time students typically receive tuition waivers and stipends for the entire duration of their course of study. These are funded through some combination of the school’s substantial endowment, endowed fellowships for graduate students, and faculty research grants. Also, many of our graduate students win nationally competitive fellowships.


How to Apply (click here for more information)

Any student with a strong interest in the geosciences is encouraged to apply. Many of our faculty received their undergraduate training outside of the geosciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, math, etc.), so we recognize the value of these fundamental disciplines in our field. Unsure if your background is a good fit? Feel free to contact faculty members directly to learn about their research programs.

The EEPS department does not require scores from the Graduate Record Examination. Submitted GRE scores will not be used to evaluate applicants. Instead, your academic record, interests and objectives, and letters of recommendation will be evaluated holistically. Students are encouraged to prepare a thoughtful expression of their goals and prospective plans of study as part of the application form or in an attached letter.

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