Application Process

Application Deadline: December 1, 2020

Fall admissions only. Late applications may be considered until February 1, 2021. However, candidates who miss the deadline 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 doctoral program are asked to submit the following:

Application Form: A completed online application for admission (available at Applications open on September 1, 2020.

Official Transcripts: Sent to the address below, one transcript from each college or university attended. Photocopies are not acceptable. Official electronic copies may be sent from your institution to **Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, electronic copies are preferred.

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.

Please have all official transcripts sent to the following address:

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

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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