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Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process:

  1. Am I eligible for admission to a graduate degree program in Computational and Applied Mathematics?
  2. How do I apply to a graduate degree program in Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University?
  3. How much is the application fee? Is it ever waived?
  4. What are the application deadlines?
  5. Can I reapply to a graduate degree program in Computational and Applied Mathematics?
  6. What documents are needed to complete my application?
  7. Do I need to take the TOEFL?
  8. Are foreign students required to take the Test of Spoken English (TSE) to be considered for a fellowship?
  9. Is the GRE subject test in Mathematics required for admission?
  10. How will the department evaluate my test scores if I have taken the tests more than once?
  11. How many letters of recommendation are required?
  12. Who should prepare the letters of recommendation?
  13. Once I have submitted names of recommenders, can I change those names?
  14. My recommenders do not have access to e-mail. Can they send letters to the department through the mail?
  15. What kind of financial aid is available?
  16. Will the department accept transfer credit once I am accepted to a program?
  17. Will the department accept applications for spring admissions?
  18. When will I be notified of a decision on my application?
  19. Should I call the department to check on the status of my application?
  20. Will writing a professor or Chair of the department help increase my chances of being accepted?
  21. Where can I get help using the online application system?
  22. What is the department mailing address?
  23. How long does it take to complete the Ph.D. program?
  24. Are teaching assistantships or research assistantships available?
  25. How much should I expect for tuition expenses?
  26. Are tuition waivers available for individuals interested only in the Master's Program?
  27. What kind of housing is available to graduate students?
  28. What if I have additional questions?
 

1: Am I eligible for admission to a graduate degree program in Computational and Applied Mathematics?
Admittance to a Rice University Computational and Applied Mathematic graduate-degree program requires a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent.

 

2: How do I apply to a graduate degree program in Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University?
Applicants must submit their applications to the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics using the online application system. If it is impossible for an applicant to access the online system, he/she should contact the department at caam_gradapps@rice.edu.

 

3: How much is the application fee? Is it ever waived?
The application fee is $85 and must be paid before submitting an online application. The fee can be paid online using a major credit card for Fall 2016 applicants. Applicants that believe they may be eligible for a fee waiver should contact the department; however, please note that fee waivers are only granted in rare cases.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for a fee waiver should contact the Department; however, please note that fee waivers are only granted in rare cases.

 

4: What are the application deadlines?
The admissions deadline for the Fall 2016 semester is January 15. Late applications will be accepted until February 28, 2016. Candidates who miss the January 15 deadline place themselves in a less competitive position.

 

5: Can I reapply to a graduate degree program in Computational and Applied Mathematics?
Yes, the online system will accept your application.

 

6: What documents are needed to complete my application?
Using the online application system, you must upload the following documents: unofficial copies of your University transcripts, statement of purpose, 3-4 letters of recommendation, GRE scores and, for international students, TOEFL scores. (To see whether you are required to take the TOEFL, read the next question.)

NOTE: You must also submit one official transcript from all institutions attended. A transcript is considered official when it is received by the CAAM department in a University envelope with an official stamp across the seal.

 

7: Do I need to take the TOEFL?
The TOEFL or IELTS may be waived for an international student who has received a degree from a university at which English is the official language of communication.

 

8: Are foreign students required to take the Test of Spoken English (TSE) to be considered for a fellowship?
The TSE is not required for ANY reason.

 

9: Is the GRE subject test in Mathematics required for admission?
Although the admissions committee may consider any test scores submitted, GRE subject tests are not required, but are considered if submitted.

 

10: How will the department evaluate my test scores if I have taken the tests more than once?
The graduate committee will look at all of your test scores but will most often consider your highest scores on the individual tests. Test scores are just one component of the application and contribute to an overall picture of a graduate candidate.

 

11. How many letters of recommendation are required?
A: At least three letters of recommendation are required; four is preferred.

 

12. Who should prepare the letters of recommendation?
A: All evaluations/recommendations should come from individuals (preferably, professors or research advisers) who are familiar with your work in computational and applied mathematics or other scientific fields.

The online application system will require you to submit letter writer names and email addresses. The system will then send an email to each of your letter writers with a secure link to the online system, allowing them to submit letters on your behalf.

 

13: Once I have submitted names of recommenders, can I change those names?
Yes. Using the online application system, you will be able to change the names and e-mail addresses of your recommenders as long as those letters have not already been received by the department.

 

14: My recommenders do not have access to e-mail. Can they send letters to the department through the mail?
Yes. You must list and register your recommenders using the online application system. Once your recommenders are registered, they will receive an e-mail asking them to log into the system and upload a letter of recommendation. If your recommenders do not have e-mail access, you still must register them through the system, but they may mail their letters to:

Mailing Address:

Graduate Coordinator
Computational and Applied Mathematics - MS 134
Rice University
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
USA

Physical Delivery Address:

Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM)
Rice University
6100 Main St. - MS 134
Houston, TX 77005-1892
USA<
ATTN: Graduate Coordinator

 

15: What kind of financial aid is available?
Financial aid is offered to incoming students in the form of a graduate fellowship - available only to doctoral candidates. It covers the cost of tuition and includes a stipend for living expenses. If you feel there is additional need for financial help, contact the Financial Aid Office of Rice University. There are more options available through them.

 

16: Will the department accept transfer credit once I am accepted to a program?
The decision to accept transfer credit is made on a case-by-case basis. Generally speaking, the department will not reduce graduate degree requirements for transfer students.

 

17: Will the department accept applications for spring admissions?
While applications for the spring semester are accepted, financial resources for fellowships may not be available.

 

18: When will I be notified of a decision on my application?
You will be notified as soon as a decision has been made - usually late March or early April. Please refrain from contacting the department about the status of your application; this will only lengthen the selection process.

 

19: Should I call the department to check on the status of my application?
Please do not contact department to check on your application status. You can check your application status online with your username and password. The system will keep you apprised as to whether your test scores and recommendation letters have been received.

 

20: Will writing a professor or Chair of the department help increase my chances of being accepted?
No. In fact, it will likely delay things. Every single inquiry that the professors or the Chair receive is forwarded to the Graduate Coordinator. While writing a faculty member may be beneficial to find out what they are doing, it will have no impact on any decision making process.

 

21: Where can I get help using the online application system?
Once you create a login and password to the online application system, a help guide is available to walk you through the application process.

 

22: What is the department mailing address?

Mailing Address:

Graduate Coordinator
Computational and Applied Mathematics - MS 134
Rice University
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
USA

Physical Delivery Address:

Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM)
Rice University
6100 Main St. - MS 134
Houston, TX 77005-1892
USA
ATTN: Graduate Coordinator

 

23: How long does it take to complete the Ph.D. program?
The doctoral program normally requires four to six years of study.

 

24: Are teaching assistantships or research assistantships available?
Funded usually from grants and contracts, qualified students receive Research Assistantships (stipend and tuition) in their second and third years.

Incoming students are not allowed to become Teaching Assistants. TA's must undergo a training session provided by the dean's office prior to the semester they TA. However, for advanced students (students in their second or third year), a limited number of Teaching Assistantships are available.

 

25: How much should I expect for tuition expenses?
A breakdown of tuition costs can be found at Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

 

26: Are tuition waivers available for individuals interested only in the Master's Program?
Unfortunately, there is no money available for students pursuing a Masters. Tuition waivers are tied to stipend levels. Since MA's do not qualify for stipends, they are not qualified for tuition waivers.

 

27: What kind of housing is available to graduate students?
The Rice Graduate Apartments houses many of the university's graduate students. The Graduate Apartments can be reached at (713) 348-1000. Morningside Square Apartments offers alternative housing for students with spouses/families. Their number is (713) 524-1275.

Note: You must make your own arrangements for housing. The department does not handle any type of housing arrangements.

 

28: What if I have additional questions?
If you have a question that has not been answered above, please contact the department at caam_gradapps@rice.edu.

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