Research for Policy and Evaluation

Master of Arts (MA)



Program Websites


Program Contact

Leha Huffman (mrpe@uwo.ca )
Administrative Officer (NEST)

Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST)

Western University
Social Science Centre Rm 6220
London, Ontario N6A 5C2

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 88204

The Master of Arts in Research for Policy and Evaluation 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.

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

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.

Program Length

  • 3 Terms (1 year)

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Course-based

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 receives 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.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory* achievement within the last two years in one of the following:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 86, with no individual score below 20 for the internet based version; 213 for the standard electronic version; or 550 for the paper and pencil version, although some programs require a higher minimum score. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
  • The International English Language Testing Service Academic (IELTS Academic). The minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada.

Students who are required to present evidence of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL, IELTS and to have the official results sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the testing agency.

Application Deadline

  • February 28

Degree Requirements

The Master of 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 9300 Statistics (0.5 winter)
    • MRPE 9400 Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis (0.5 fall)
    • MRPE 9500 Collating and Communicating Research (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
  • 1.0 full course equivalent:
    • MRPE 9900 Internship (1.0 spring/summer)