MA in Research for Policy and Evaluation (MRPE)

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Program Information

The MA in Research for Policy and Evaluation (MRPE) is a one-year (three term) Professional Master's program with an emphasis on developing social scientific research skills that can be applied to policy and program development and evaluation.

Through courses and a four-month internship, the program focuses on collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating research for practical applications in policy and program development and enhancement.  The emphasis will be on developing quantitative and qualitative research skills that can be used to develop, evaluate, and enhance policies and programs.  We aim to build an inclusive student body in terms of background and perspective, including a blend of recent graduates and those drawn from the workforce.  

Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge in a variety of settings, including government, not-for-profit, and private sectors. 

MRPE Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent in any Social Science discipline.

  • A strong academic history with a minimum B average achieved during the two most recent years of academic study (some consideration will be given to equivalent work experience on a case-by-case basis).

  • Online application.

  • Unofficial post-secondary institution(s) transcripts. One copy of official/certified transcripts will be required if applicants receive an admissions offer.

  • Professional resumé (two page maximum).

  • Two reference letters, with at least one from an academic referee.

  • A strong level of English proficiency.

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MRPE Degree Requirements

The MA in Research for Policy and Evaluation degree is a three term (one year) program consisting of 5.0 full course equivalents.

Course Requirements:

  • 3.0 full course equivalent (FCE) credits:
    • MRPE 9100 Research Design (0.5 fall)
    • MRPE 9200 Quantitative Research Methods and Data Collection (0.5 fall)
    • MRPE 9400 Qualitative Research Methods and Data Collection (0.5 fall)
    • MRPE 9300 Statistics (0.5 winter)
    • MRPE 9500 Knowledge Mobilisation (0.5 winter)
    • MRPE 9600 Evidence-Based Policy Making and Program Evaluation (0.5 winter)
  • 1.0 full graduate course equivalents from within the Faculty of Social Science
    • Students will also complete 2 half course (0.5) equivalent electives from a list of approved courses for the program (e.g., content-relevant courses, advanced methods courses)
  • 1.0 full course equivalent:
    • MRPE 9700 Internship (1.0 all terms)

Tuition & Fees

For information on tuition and fees for the program please refer to the Office of the Registrar 


For more information regarding the program please contact Leha Huffman, Administrative Officer of NEST at 519-661-2111 ext. 88204 or by email at

NEST is located on the 6th floor of the Social Science Centre. 

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