Highly motivated individuals with a strong desire to pursue the Ph.D. degree are encouraged to apply to the graduate program.
Preparation for PhD program:
Applicants to the PhD program should have had at least 2 semesters in calculus and 1 in linear algebra. Students who have not met these requirements may complete these prerequisites as Class III students before being admitted to the graduate program. All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
Admission and financial aid decisions are based on:
1. Scores on the graduate record examinations (GRE) on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections.
- Verbal -typically greater than the 80th percentile
- Quantitative and Analytical -typically greater than the 90th percentile
2. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Students should have a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
3. Three letters of recommendation from professors or other advisors (can be submitted online or mailed).
Applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL test and should score at least 90 on the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL, or at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL.
- An application fee of $85 must be submitted with the application.
- The deadline for requesting admission with financial aid is January 15th.
- The deadline for requesting admission without financial aid is April 1. If you wish to apply to the program without financial aid, please contact Beth Franks (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further instructions on how to apply.
- Students must start the program in the fall semester.
- Students must have the equivalent of at least two semesters of calculus and one semester of linear algebra before entering the graduate program.
- Applicants who have not taken these courses at the time they submit their application must outline their plans to satisfy this requirement.
- Additional courses in calculus beyond the second year level as well as a course in real analysis are strongly recommended.
- Applicants who are offered admission must provide the department with an official transcript within 30 days from the date of the offer letter.
Applicants should take the GRE and TOEFL exams by November, so that the results are available by the deadline. To make arrangements to take these exams, please correspond with:
Graduate Record Examinations
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
(Rice University GRE School Code: 6609, Department Code: 1801)
P.O. Box 6157
Princeton, NJ 08541-6157
(Rice University TOEFL Institution Code: 6609, Department Code: 84)