How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Rice Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology (SSPB) Ph.D. Program. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2022 matriculation. [View the 2021 Promotional Flyer here]

Priority Deadline: December 13, 2021
Final Deadline: January 3, 2022

When completing the online application, applicants will be asked to electronically submit the following:

  1. Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded for initial evaluation; however, applicants offered an interview must provide official transcripts.
  2. At least three letters of recommendation from research mentors, teachers, or advisors
  3. A curriculum vitae (CV)
  4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (for international students requiring visas)

NOTE: For applications being considered for Fall 2022 matriculation, all application fees will be waived and GRE scores will be optional, though they will be considered if submitted.

All application materials must be received by the final deadline to be considered for admissions. Rice University policies and procedures regarding admissions requirements may be found in the General Announcements.

Questions? Please visit the Application FAQs or email