History PhD Graduate - ColumnDo I have to have an M.A. to apply for the Ph.D. program?


No.  Some applicants have the M.A., but many do not.


Do you accept students to start in the Spring semester?


No, all students must start in the Fall semester.


Are applicants for the Ph.D. given preference over applicants for the M.A.?




When is the due date for applications?


December 15.


What do I need to apply?


You need GRE scores, 3 letters of reference, transcript(s), a writing sample and a personal statement.  Detailed information and a link to the online application are here: http://history.rice.edu/content.aspx?id=88


Can I send everything electronically?


You may send everything electronically except a transcript.   You may the send a scan of your transcript for preliminary review but you must have an official paper transcript sent for your application to be considered.


Do I need to send you all my transcripts?


Send transcripts from a degree in progress and from places where you have already received a degree.


Is there anything I should do before contacting a faculty member?


Yes!  First find out if the faculty member shares your research interests.  Second, find out if he/she accepts graduate students and third, make sure you have read some of this person’s work.


I have more questions about applying.  Is there anyone I can call?


Lisa Tate, Graduate Studies Coordinator, 713-348-2288, lisa.tate@rice.edu.  She works from noon to 4pm Central and will be happy to take your call or respond to your email. 


How much does it cost to attend?


Rice University offers History graduate students full tuition remission plus a stipend.   History grad students pay fees and medical insurance premium.  See this link for more information on fees and insurance premium: http://www.students.rice.edu/students/Tuition_Fees.asp



What about ETS school/department codes for the GRE and TOEFL?


Rice University code is 6609.  Please use one of the following department codes for the GRE: 2701, 2702 or 2799; and if you need it, one of the following department codes for the TOEFL: 86 or 98.  The school code is important but the others all go to the same place here at Rice.