M.Sc. On Campus

Bioscience and Health Policy

Rice University

12 months
50310 USD/year
50310 USD/year
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This Bioscience and Health Policy program at Rice University deepens your background in science and broadens it with courses in business, management, sociology, economics and policy studies to foster your understanding of the role of science in policymaking and the role of public policy in science. 


The coursework in the Bioscience and Health Policy program at Rice University provides communication training, professional development, policy writing and study skills enabling you to develop specific policy recommendations. You also acquire the tool-set to become knowledgeable in the formulation and execution of public policy. 

The direct access to the Baker Institute allows you to work closely with policy scholars,  meet with many of the leaders in science and technology policy, and attend discussions on the latest topics in bioscience and health policy.  You can tailor your studies to your career focus and adjust your courses to fit interests in policy, health care management,  bioinformatics, data analytics/science, technology transfer and/or prepare better for medical school.

The objectives of this interdisciplinary degree are:

  • To equip students with advanced bioscience skills
  • To achieve dual professional competency in science and policy analysis and development
  • To teach quantitative skills and data analysis
  • To equip students with leadership, communication and research skills to conduct independent studies enabling them to understand and formulate public policy recommendations
  • To gain exposure in a real life experience in technology policy development by participating in an internship
  • To train students how to integrate their science knowledge into creating better policies and practices

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Plant Molecular Genetics and Development
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Developmental Biology
  • Advanced Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Biology and Medicine
  • Viruses and Infectious Diseases
  • Cancer Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Immunology
  • Protein Engineering

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed application 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • General GRE scores
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • TOEFL scores (if required)
  • Statement of Purpose

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    50310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    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.


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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