Rice University is committed to keeping the costs of the Master of Arts in Teaching program for new teachers as low as possible to attract the most qualified people to teach in Houston- area public schools. Incentives include significantly reduced tuition for all admitted students, financial aid and program tuition aid. The tuition for full-time graduate students entering in the 2020-21 academic year is $2,010 per course (does not include parking, books, other supplies as needed, university required fees, late fees, State exam fees, or State certificate fees.). All students are required to maintain continuous enrollment unless an official leave of absence has been granted.
Fees include but are not limited to:
Student services fee: $52 per person
Parking fee: $70-$240 per year; varies depending on the parking permit selected
Graduate Student Association fee: $22 per session (no more than $42 per year)
In addition, all graduate students are required to have health insurance
Additional information regarding tuition and fees can be found on the Cashier's website.
For complete information about Rice University tuition visit graduate.rice.edu/costofstudy.
Rice University believes in the importance of developing teacher leaders. The Master of Arts in Teaching Program offers a limited number of merit-based, partial scholarships to highly qualified prospective students. Scholarship opportunities can be discussed during the interview stage of the application process. Currently, there are two scholarship options available to participants:
the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers, and
the MAT Teaching Fellow program.
Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers
The Rice teacher preparation program has been recognized by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation as an exemplar teacher prep program in the state. This honor allows our students (Texas residents) who are pursuing teacher certification to apply for the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers
. If selected by the foundation, fellows will receive a scholarship of $8000 per year for up to four years, as well as ongoing training and development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators, and involvement in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by Raise Your Hand.
New MAT Teaching Fellows plan to enter the classroom with pedagogical skills that help create a culture of learning by engaging diverse learners in inquiry-based learning, They want to develop literacy and assessment skills that meet the need of the students they will teach. These Teaching Fellows see their potential to become instructional leaders.
We are offering a select number of scholarships for our new MAT program that will reduce tuition to a minimum 50 percent of our normal per course tuition rate of $2,800 for each course.
Two (2) Letters of Recommendation that support your qualifications to be an instructional leader
A signed letter confirming your intention to work in a high needs school for 3 years
A focused interview with the New MAT Leadership Team
An essay on your specific leadership skills: Write about ways you have shown leadership in your life. Describe a successful experience that you led with a group. Offer an example that shows you could be a good teacher coach. Include ways you have helped to solve problems in a job, in special activities, in an organization. Finally, describe your vision for an ideal school campus and the way you would help facilitate that vision. Include any experiences that show you are a change agent.
Please submit your Teaching Fellow Letter of Recommendation (on school stationery) and Essay to firstname.lastname@example.org
with a cover letter identifying yourself and your intent to apply for a Teaching Fellow scholarship.
Students in the Master of Liberal Studies program may be eligible to receive federal student loans, Grad PLUS loans and private loans. The enrollment requirement for eligibility is at least half-time or 4.5 hours. Visit for Rice University's Office of Financial Aid more information.
Living and Housing Costs
Houston has a reasonable cost of living for a major city. The Graduate Apartments, which opened in the summer of 1999, offers housing at moderate cost and is close to campus. Also available as housing options exclusively to Rice graduate students are the Morningside Square Apartments and the Rice Village Apartments. Visit the Graduate Student Association website for information regarding other housing options.