Application Process

Application Deadlines for Admission*

The application will open on September 1, 2021.

Doctoral (Ph.D.) Program
Priority Deadline: December 1, 2021
Late Deadline: February 15, 2022**

Master (M.A.) of Human-Computer Interaction & Human Factors Program
Priority Deadline: December 1, 2021
Late Deadline: February 15, 2022**

Master (M.A.) of Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program
Priority Deadline: December 1, 2021
Late Deadline: February 15, 2022**

* Fall starts only.

**Candidates who miss the priority deadline automatically place themselves in a less competitive position.

Please send all program and application questions to

To request an application fee waiver, please email

How to Apply

Students applying for admission to our graduate programs are asked to submit the following:

Application Form: A completed online application for admission (available at

Official transcripts: Rice University and the Department of Psychological Sciences accepts official transcripts at the time of application* that are electronically sent directly from the granting institution and emailed to If your institution does not provide electronic transcripts, request that your institution send an official transcript directly to:

Rice University Graduate Admissions
Psychological Sciences MS-25
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005

* Any transcript uploaded by the applicant to the application is considered unofficial. Please have official transcript sent to Rice and it will be updated/notated on your application status page once it is received by our office.

Recommendations: Three letters of recommendation from people who are familiar with your scholastic and personal qualities. The online application will allow you to enter recommender information, and your recommenders will be emailed a URL for completing an online recommendation.

CV or Resume: An up-to-date CV or resume is required to apply.

Statement of Purpose: A 1-2 page essay that details your educational and research background. Please include your career goals, the faculty member(s) you would most like to work with, and why you would be a good fit for our program.

Writing Sample: Submit a writing sample from your past work, ideally on a topic relevant to psychological science (e.g., class paper, honors thesis, conference submission, or journal article where you were the lone or primary author).

Optional GRE: The General GRE taken within the last 5 years is now optional for all applicants.

  • If you wish to submit your GRE scores, the school code for reporting your scores is 6609.

TOEFL: The Test of English as a Foreign Language is required for any student whose native language is not English, but is waived for international students who have received a degree from a university at which English is the official language of communication. The IELTS may be taken in lieu of the TOEFL. See our International Students page for additional information.

  • Please note: IELTS scores can be directly reported to Rice using the name "Rice University Graduate Programs"

Fee: An $85 nonrefundable application fee paid online by credit card.

Further Information

For answers to frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQs.

For more information on graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website.

Rice University policies and process regarding admissions requirements may be found in the General Announcements.

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