The mission of the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is to further Rice University’s commitment to educational outreach by providing lifelong personal and professional development opportunities to the larger community. Established in 1967 with its first classes offered in 1968, the school now attracts more than 13,000 enrollments each year to its non-credit and credit programs and is the leading university continuing education program in Houston, Texas.
Personal development opportunities are offered in arts, humanities, sciences, creative writing, studio art, photography, lifestyle and personal finance. Professional development programs include courses in human resources, paralegal studies, career development, communication and financial services, including a program to help prepare students for the Certified Financial Planner certification exam.
Operating one of the largest language programs in the state, Continuing Studies offers classes in eight foreign languages as well as in English as a Second Language. The ESL program has welcomed students from more than 100 countries since its inception.
The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership offers a wide range of courses designed to improve the capacity of nonprofits in the community and to advance the practice and impact of philanthropy. The Center for College Readiness provides opportunities for teachers, administers and students to deepen their knowledge of academic content and increase their awareness of the importance of college-readiness skills.
Continuing Studies also offers the Master of Liberal Studies degree program, designed for working adults interested in furthering their formal education in the liberal arts, and administers the for-credit Rice Summer School program.
In 2006, Continuing Studies received an endowment gift from Houstonians Melbern G. and Susanne M. Glasscock. To honor this generous donation, we were pleased to change our name to the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.