M.Sc. On Campus

Mechanical Engineering

Rice University

12 months
52070 USD/year
52070 USD/year
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The Master of Science (MS) in Mechanical Engineering at Rice University is a research graduate program that includes a thesis.


Full-time students seeking the M.S. degree are expected to complete all the requirements for the degree within two calendar years following entrance into the program. Continuation in the program beyond this time limit will require special approval of the department.

Research & Thesis

  • Each candidate for the Mechanical Engineering M.S. degree at Rice University must complete a thesis demonstrating ability in research of a fundamental nature (analytical or experimental). 
  • It is expected that the research will be of sufficient importance and quality that positive results would lead to publication. Instructions for preparation of theses can be obtained at the appropriate time through the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Programme Structure

  • The minimum semester hours of course work (a course usually consists of 3 semester hours) required for the MS degree are tabulated as a function of the degree held upon entrance into the program. 
  • Students with a five-year BS, 12 hours; with a four-year BS, 18 hours; and with a 4-year BA, 24 hours. In all cases, a student's specific course of study is formulated in consultation with the departmental adviser (thesis director) and must be approved by the department.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Undergraduate degree earned or will be earned before entering in an engineering related field.
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B), or the equivalent. 
  • GRE general test scores taken within the last five years. (Note: For the 2022 application cycle the GRE is optional but still strongly recommended when possible.)
  • There are no published required minimum scores.
  • Recommendation from at least three people who know your academic achievements.
  • TOEFL score if your native language is not English. The minimum score is 90 on Internet-based, 250 on computer-based, and 600 on the paper-based test.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52070 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 52070 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    52070 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 52070 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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