Master of Social Policy Evaluation (MSPE) Degree

Program Learning Outcomes for the MSPE Degree

Upon completing the MSPE degree, students will be able to:

  1. Acquire analytical skills that can be applied to a broad range of policy evaluation questions.
  2. Design and conduct a program evaluation by constructing a logical model that uses appropriate data sources, data collection methods, and analytical techniques.
  3. Assess the social responsibilities of government, non-government organizations, and corporate policies in the 21st century.
  4. Communicate statistical findings in a clear and concise narrative that recognizes the positive and negative outcomes of potential policy solutions.

Requirements for the MSPE Degree 

The MSPE degree is a non-thesis master's degree. For university requirements, please see Non-Thesis Master's Degrees. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. Students pursuing the MSPE degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 10 courses (33 credit hours) to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level study (coursework at the 500-level or above).
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours must be taken at Rice University.
  • A minimum residency enrollment of one fall or spring semester of full-time graduate study at Rice University.
  • A practicum.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.67.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.67 in required coursework.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this degree program. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the program's academic advisor, or where applicable, the department or program's Director of Graduate Studies. Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the department or program's Official Certifier. Additionally, these must be approved by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MSPE Degree33

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
SOPE 501INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY3
SOPE 502APPLICATIONS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION – CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
SOPE 503QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR PROGRAM EVALUATION5
SOPE 504APPLICATIONS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION – LABOR MARKETS3
SOPE 505MICROECONOMICS FOR POLICY EVALUATION3
SOPE 506APPLICATIONS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION – HEALTH3
SOPE 508APPLICATIONS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION – EARLY CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT3
SOPE 512POLICY EVALUATION CODING AND SOFTWARE LAB1
SOCI 521RESEARCH-PRACTICE PARTNERSHIPS3
Practicum 1
SOPE 513SOCIAL POLICY EVALUATION PRACTICUM I3
SOPE 514SOCIAL POLICY EVALUATION PRACTICUM II3
Total Credit Hours33

Footnotes and Additional Information

 Proposed Plan-of-Study

The following plan-of-study represents the current lockstep three-semester (fall, spring, and summer) sequence in which students pursuing the MSPE degree complete the required coursework. Substitution of courses may be made on a rare, exception basis with permission of the program director.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st SemesterCredit Hours
SOPE 501 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY 3
SOPE 503 QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR PROGRAM EVALUATION 5
SOPE 505 MICROECONOMICS FOR POLICY EVALUATION 3
 Credit Hours11
2nd Semester
SOPE 502 APPLICATIONS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION – CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3
SOPE 504 APPLICATIONS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION – LABOR MARKETS 3
SOPE 506 APPLICATIONS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION – HEALTH 3
SOPE 508 APPLICATIONS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION – EARLY CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT 3
SOCI 521 RESEARCH-PRACTICE PARTNERSHIPS 3
SOPE 512 POLICY EVALUATION CODING AND SOFTWARE LAB 1
 Credit Hours16
3rd Semester
SOPE 513 SOCIAL POLICY EVALUATION PRACTICUM I 3
SOPE 514 SOCIAL POLICY EVALUATION PRACTICUM II 3
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours33

Policies for the MSPE Degree

Department of Social Policy Evaluation Graduate Program Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. As an additional resource for students, Social Policy Evaluation publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here: 

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Social Policy Evaluation website: https://socialpolicy.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the MSPE Degree

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Social Policy Evaluation website: https://socialpolicy.rice.edu/