Rice University’s School of Social Science graduate programs shapes today’s students to become tomorrow’s leader of global industry.

Rice University’s School of Social Sciences now offers three distinct professional master’s programs in Energy Economics, Global Affairs, and launching for the first time in fall 2019, the Master of Human Factors and Human Computer Interaction.  Each program draws on the unique strengths of its faculty and research fellows providing a new avenue for graduates to develop human capital relevant for a variety of business, non-profit, and government roles. 

The Master of Energy Economics is a 12-month, full-time professional master’s program offered by the Department of Economics in coordination with Rice University’s Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies.  The Master of Energy Economics provides students a dynamic curriculum rooted in microeconomics and econometrics and allows students to customize their degree with a diverse selection of electives in energy policy, industrial organization, transportation, electricity and corporate finance.  The program culminates with the option to pursue either an internship or an intensive practicum experience working with an energy company.  Examples of past internship sponsors include: Ernst & Young, Chevron, BP, Saudi Aramco, Pemex, and many more.

The Master of Global Affairs (MGA) is a two-year Master of Arts degree co-sponsored by the world-renowned James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and the School of Social Sciences. MGA students pursue a rigorous curriculum that culminates in a professional degree aimed at putting graduates at the cross-section of public policy and actionable decision making requisite in today’s global workplace. The MGA is designed to be small, with no more than 25 matriculants admitted annually, so students can actively engage with program faculty and their fellow peers to leverage the global Rice network that truly knows no boundaries.  Graduates have accepted roles at LyondellBasell, NBC Universal, Axiom Space, National Oilwell Varco, and the United States Navy, to name a few.

The Master of Human Factors and Human Computer Interaction is a full-time two-year professional master’s program that will expand students’ knowledge of critical concepts and methods in psychology and how to apply those concepts to real-world problems. Students will learn about findings and theories in critical areas of human-computer interaction and human factors, learn how to apply those concepts to solve real-world problems, learn how to design empirical studies to complement theoretical approaches, and develop quantitative skills that support these efforts. Graduates of the program will be well positioned to lead human factors and human computer interaction efforts across a broad range of industries, including IT/telecommunications, health care, defense, e-commerce, and energy.

Although each program sets its own admission standards, ideal candidates articulate their readiness to tackle a rigorous curriculum, and at the same time, contribute to the classroom discourse with their own experience and knowledge.  Please explore each program’s website for detailed application instructions and deadlines.  


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