Certain requirements may be modified for students who have done equivalent graduate work elsewhere. Students should consult with the chair of the Graduate Committee to verify the application of the guidelines described below to their particular case. Graduate-level courses taken elsewhere may be substituted for required courses for the masters and/or PhD degree when the student can demonstrate high achievement in the course and mastery of the material. The suitability of previous work will be evaluated by means of an interview, or multiple interviews if necessary, with an appropriate faculty member (e.g., the Rice professor who teaches the Rice equivalent graduate course). Final approval must be given by the Associate Chair for the Graduate Program
Advice and Support for Graduate Students
Further details on the program, especially on advising, is given in the Department's Graduate Student Handbook. The handbook is meant as a resource for P&A graduate students, providing a handy, concise guide to essential information about the graduate degree program, but it is only one source of information. If you cannot find the answers to your departmental programmatic questions here, please do not hesitate to contact the departmental staff (including the graduate program coordinator, Ms. Rosa Almendarez), the Chairs of the Graduate Program Committee (currently Prof. Han Pu), the Associate Chair of the department (Prof. Stan Dodds), or the Departmental Ombudsperson (currently Prof. David Alexander). All faculty and staff serve as part of the support network for graduate students, but the ombudsman in particular is a good person to contact for confidential discussion and advice on a wide range of topics.
For current students, faculty are specifically assigned as graduate student advisors to answer academic questions. We are available to guide you through the process. That being said, graduate students are adults, and there is a presumption that students will take responsibility and initiative – these are certainly necessary for a successful doctoral degree! Please ask questions and keep on top of deadlines and requirements. We look forward to working with you.