Admission is open to Rice junior and senior students who have shown academic excellence in their undergraduate studies. Applications have to be received within the normal time table for application for the program. With faculty approval, students can start taking required core courses of the Professional Master's Program during their senior year at Rice. A plan of graduate study based on their particular focus area will need to be developed and approved by the track director and the PSM director.
There are many benefits of being a 5th year graduate student at Rice University:
- Only 1 year of graduate school tuition
- No GRE required
- Application fee is waived
- Only 1 letter of recommendation is required instead of 3
Spring of Junior Year: Fill out and complete application
Fall of Senior Year: Student should start taking some graduate level courses with undergrad courses, as schedule permits.
Spring of Senior Year: Take last of undergraduate courses (at least 9 hours) and continue with graduate level courses. Student will graduate with their baccalaureate degree in May. After undergraduate graduation, student is officially matriculated into graduate student status.
5th Year Finish the required courses and internship including reports and presentation. Graduate with your Master’s degree at the end of your 5th year.
Rice undergraduate students must complete the requirements for a baccalaureate degree and the Professional Science Master’s degree independently of each other, i.e. no course may be counted toward the fulfillment of both degrees.
Rice undergraduates should keep in mind that there is no provision for obtaining both degrees in a period shorter than five years.
Students receiving scholarships and other forms of financial aid from Rice University may only apply that aid toward the completion of their undergraduate degree. Student who receive finacial aid must be enrolled as a full-time undergarduate during their senior year. 5th-year PSM students should plan to seek alternative sources of support for the fifth year of study.