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The Public Policy PhD Program curriculum requires students to:

  • Complete a set of core public policy course requirements: Political Economy of Public Policy, Social Choice and the Political Economy of Policy Making, Microeconomics
  • Complete disciplinary concentration and research methodology requirements, including sub-field requirements, in one of the following areas: Economics, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology
  • Complete at least one course in each of above disciplines.
  • Complete a course of study focusing on a particular policy area (course of study must be approved by the PhD Director of Graduate Studies).
  • Complete a yearlong (two-course) research seminar leading to the dissertation proposal.
  • Complete the equivalent of 16 courses (minimum), equaling 48 credits. Please see the list below. 
  • Attain dissertation status, including meeting qualifying requirements and passing the preliminary exam, by the end of the third year.
  • Pass a final examination, which consists of an oral defense of a dissertation to an approved supervisory committee. This is typically completed by the end of the fifth year.
  • Regularly attend and participate in a weekly seminar in which faculty present their research as models of the kind of interdisciplinary work relevant to public policy.

List of the 16 (minimum) required courses (48 total credits)

Political Economy of Public Policy (PUBPOL 901)
Social Choice and the Political Economy of Policy Making (PUBPOL 902)
Microeconomics 1
Microeconomics 2
Disciplinary concentration 1 – Research Methods
Disciplinary concentration 2 – Research Methods
Disciplinary concentration 3 – Subfield Elective
Disciplinary concentration 4 – Subfield Elective
Disciplinary concentration 5 – Subfield Elective
Policy area elective 1
Policy area elective 2
Policy area elective 3
Non-concentration social science 1
Non-concentration social science 2 (for disciplinary concentration of Economics) OR Elective (for disciplinary concentration of Political Science, Psychology or Sociology)
Dissertation proposal seminar 1
Dissertation proposal seminar 2