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Electrical and Computer Engineering



Undergraduate Study

All Undergraduate Admission inquiries should be directed to the Office of Admissions. Click here to visit their website, or call 713-348-7423 (800-527-OWLS). Any Rice undergraduate may declare Electrical and Computer Engineering as their major. To learn more about majoring in ECE, click here.

Graduate Study

When applying, please do NOT mail any hard copy documents. Transcripts should be uploaded in the online application. Recommenders should submit letters online. The ECE Department will allow unofficial transcripts (including photocopies or non-certified electronic copies) during the admissions process.  Official transcripts will be required after acceptance into the graduate program, and must submitted to the department 30 days from the date the offer letter is received.

The deadline for spring MEE application is October 1.
The deadline for fall PhD/MEE admission is the first Tuesday in January.
Notice of acceptance for Fall admission is usually made by April 15.
Application Page (typically available on or around September 1)

The application fee is $85. Applicants with financial needs may be eligible for application fee waivers from:

IRT (Institute for Recruitment of Teachers)
McNair Scholar Program
Nankai University Hundred Young Teachers Program
Project 1000
VEF (Vietnam Education Foundation)

GRE/TOEFL Educational Testing Service (ETS) Codes:  

Rice University - institution - 6609
Electrical and Computer Engineering - department - GRE - 1203
Electrical and Computer Engineering - department - TOEFL - 66
Application Requirements

In the selection of prospective graduate students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, all available material is carefully evaluated, particularly:

the scholastic record as reflected by courses chosen and the quality of performance
the evaluations of teachers and advisors
scores on the GRE
the student's own statement of goals, aspirations and special interests
Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Proof of Bachelor's degree must be provided upon acceptance to the program.


GRE: The average GRE score of successful applicants is: V156, Q166

TOEFL: A minimum score of 90 is required. Minimum TOEFL requirements for international applicants are 600 (paper), 250 (computer), and 90 (IBT). The TOEFL requirement is waived for students who have received a degree from a university where English is the official language of communication.

IELTS: For students who choose to take the IELTS in lieu of the TOEFL, the minimum score is 7. The IELTS requirement may be waived for students who have received a degree from a university where English is the official language of communication.