Grad2At the graduate level, six of our departments have Ph.D. programs: Anthropology, Economics, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, and  Sociology.  All of these programs achieve excellence by concentrating on selected areas for education and research.

If you are interested in earning a doctorate, you are encouraged to learn about our programs by browsing each department's website and by contacting faculty. Each department strives to make sure that there is a good "fit" between a student's interests and the strengths of the department. Current students receive mentorship opportunities through GradConnect.

The School of Social Sciences and Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy are also co-collaborators for the Master of Global Affairs , a two-year professional master of arts degree. MGA students complete rigorous course work that compels high standards of scholarship and offers practical training for careers in government, the private sector and international organizations. Current Rice undergraduate students may apply to the program in the first semester of their junior year and learn of their acceptance in the second semester of their junior year. If accepted, students take courses toward the master’s degree in their senior year, while they complete requirements for their baccalaureate degree. This is the only terminal masters degree the School of Social Sciences currently offers.