Rice University 4+1 Programs

These are programs that allow Rice undergraduates to complete both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in five years. Students finish their bachelor's degree at the end of year 4, and then finish their master's degree at the end of year 5.

Master of Arts in Architecture

Research-oriented program leading to a nonprofessional degree of Master of Arts in Architecture. The program is a two semester, special-topic course of student.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The MAT is a non-thesis degree program for students who want to qualify for secondary school teaching following a bachelor's degree. Rice undergraduate students can pursue both their undergraduate and graduate degrees concurrently, completing the MAT with generally one additional year of study beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Master of Accounting (MAcc)

Rice undergraduates can apply and gain conditional admission to the MAcc program as early as the fall semester of their junior year and as late as the fall semester of their senior year. Conditionally admitted students who lack any of the prerequisite accounting courses must take appropriate classes to correct their deficiency.

Master of Bioengineering (MBE)

A non-thesis degree that provides students with greater depth in their bioengineering training to advance their career objectives.

Master of Chemical Engineering (MChE)

The MChE program offers a non-thesis professional degree intended to better prepare students for a career in the field of chemical engineering. The curriculum is designed for recent graduates with a bachelor degree in chemical engineering to complete in two semesters (Fall and Spring).

Master of Computational and Applied Mathematics (MCAAM)

The Professional Masters of Computational and Applied Mathematics (MCAM) is a non-thesis masters program designed for students interested in a technical career path in industry or business. The MCAM program provides students with a fundamental understanding of computational and applied mathematics tools that are essential to tackle complex problems in science, engineering and business. With proper planning and coordination of undergraduate major(s) and senior year courses, Rice undergraduates have the option to complete the MCAM degree with just a 5th year of study.

Master of Energy Economics (MEECON)

Rice undergraduates may apply to the Master of Energy Economics in the second semester of their senior year. The twelve-month program trains participants to provide insightful analysis and to inform such things as capital asset decisions, firm strategic direction and future market orientation by combining the disciplined study of market and economic principles with a deep understanding of the functioning and inter-connections of the energy industry.

Master of Global Affairs (MGA)

Rice undergraduate students may apply to the Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program as a 4+1 option to earn both their baccalaureate and master’s degrees in five years. If accepted, students take courses toward the master’s degree in their senior year, while they complete requirements for their baccalaureate degree.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

This program will allow selected undergraduate students interested in public health to enroll in up to 5 core courses at the UT School of Public Health during their senior year and obtain dual undergraduate and graduate credit. This unique BA/BS-MPH program will enable accepted students to accelerate and complete their Master of Public Health degree (MPH) in one year after completing their undergraduate degree.

Master of Science in Bioscience and Health Policy

Rice students have an option to achieve the MS in bioscience and health policy by adding an additional fifth year to the four undergraduate years of science studies. Advanced Rice students in good standing apply during their junior year, then start taking required core courses of the bioscience and health policy program during their senior year.

Master of Science in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making

Rice students have an option to achieve the MS in environmental analysis and decision making by adding an additional fifth year to the four undergraduate years of science studies. Advanced Rice students in good standing apply during their junior year, then start taking required core courses of the environmental analysis and decision making program during their senior year.

Master of Science in Space Studies

Rice students have an option to achieve the MS in space studies by adding an additional fifth year to the four undergraduate years of science studies. Advanced Rice students in good standing apply during their junior year, then start taking required core courses of the space studies program during their senior year.

Master of Science in Subsurface Geoscience

Rice students have an option to achieve the MS in subsurface geoscience by adding an additional fifth year to the four undergraduate years of science studies. Advanced Rice students in good standing apply during their junior year, then start taking required core courses of the subsurface geoscience program during their senior year.

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