Our School

Rice University's School of Social Sciences is a vibrant, inclusive community of scholars, students, and educators committed to connecting our teaching and research with policy for the betterment of society. We are seven departments with one mission: to tackle society's greatest challenges with an unconventional vision toward shaping a future that we can all thrive in, both individually and collectively.

Our Students

Rice University’s School of Social Sciences is located on a 300-acre forested campus in the heart of Houston, Texas. Rice University boasts the amenities and expertise of a large research university, but our modest size means true interdisciplinary collaboration and close working relationships between faculty and students.

We are renowned for our research and academics, but you’ll find that Rice is more than a place of study. It’s a diverse academic community, where our exceptional faculty takes a personal interest in your intellectual growth, the quality of your education, and your future. We inspire each other to be our best and work across traditional boundaries to increase our foundational knowledge of the world, as well as develop interdisciplinary, innovative solutions to the problems facing humanity.

Our location in Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States and one of the most diverse, means that you’ll have plenty of opportunity for interaction with industry in a hospitable city that has no shortage of things to do.

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Our Faculty

Social Sciences faculty are finding evidence-based strategies and solutions to society's greatest challenges. Our faculty understand that their research has the potential to improve the lives of others through partnerships with the government, public schools, and local hospitals. Our faculty are creating opportunities for social entrepreneurship where none existed, discovering innovative approaches to reducing discrimination, and designing interventions to encourage educational opportunities for everyone. One of the many reasons students choose Rice is because of faculty who take an interest in students and enjoy teaching. Nowhere on campus is that more evident than the School of Social Sciences, where our faculty consistently exhibit their student commitment by winning teaching awards and creating a fascinating learning environment that engages students to think critically.

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Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:

Master

Rice University

The Master of Energy Economics (MEECON) is a 12-month, full-time professional master’s program designed to educate future leaders and strategic thinkers in the energy sec ... [+]

The Master of Energy Economics (MEECON) is a 12-month, full-time professional master’s program designed to educate future leaders and strategic thinkers in the energy sector. Students develop skills to provide insightful analysis of energy markets in order to inform future market orientation, capital asset decisions, and firm strategic direction. Built upon programs in the Economics Department and the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies (CES), the Master of Energy Economics provides a new avenue for energy professionals to develop human capital relevant for business development and/or strategic planning roles.

About the Program

The Master of Energy Economics (MEECON) 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 the market and economic principles with a deep understanding of the functioning and interconnections of the energy industry. ... [-]

USA Houston
August 2020
English (US)
Full-time
12 months
Campus
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Rice University

The Master of Global Affairs is a two-year, 36 credit hour degree program. The first year core-curriculum requires a sequence of 18 credit hours exposing students to a va ... [+]

Rice University's Master of Global Affairs is a two-year Master of Arts degree co-sponsored by the James A. Baker, III Institute for Public Policy and the School of Social Sciences.Students complete rigorous coursework that compels high standards of scholarship and offers training for careers in government, the private sector and international organizations thus producing graduates with a broad global perspective requisite of leaders for the next century. The program is considered full-time with classes offered in the evening.

Admissions Requirements

The Master of Global Affairs (MGA) admits students for enrollment each fall. The MGA is a full-time Master of Arts degree and students should expect to complete the degree within two years.... [-]

USA Houston
August 2020
English (US)
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Read more in English

The School of Social Sciences at Rice University

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6100 Main St.
TX 77005-1827 Houston, Texas, USA