M.Sc. On Campus

Earth Science

Rice University

12 months
50310 USD/year
50310 USD/year
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Rice University Earth Science offers an unusual combination of quality, resources, opportunity and cultural richness to its graduate students.


All graduate students enrolled in either the thesis master’s or doctoral program are required to take a written qualifying exam covering general earth science knowledge, usually in the second semester. Starting in their second year they are also required to make a progress research presentation annually within the department and submit short progress reports of their research and coursework to the Graduate Committee.

MS students in the Earth Science program at Rice University 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. 

Career Opportunities

Houston is both the center of the international energy industry as well as home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the Lunar Planetary Institute. The department maintains strong ties with the oil and gas exploration industry, in which many of our alumni are now employed. Each year, over a dozen oil and gas companies recruit students in the department for summer internships and full time employment. Our PhD students find many employment opportunities in both academics and in industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • The earth
  • History of the earth and life
  •  Field trips for the earth
  • Investigating earth's surface
  • Oceans and global change
  • Crises of the earth
  • Oceanography

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • GPA Requirement 3.0 or higher
  • TOEFL scores if the applicant's native language is not English (a TOEFL score of 600 or higher on the paper test or 90 or higher on the iBT version is required for admission to Rice), or IELTS score in lieu of TOEFL (an IELTS score of 7 or greater is required) and;
  • At least three letters of recommendation from teachers or advisors;
  • Unofficial transcripts of grades from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
  • General GRE scores (use the code 6609 for Rice; do not worry about a department code)

Tuition Fee

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    50310 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 50310 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    50310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 50310 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Houston

1067 - 1950 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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