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)|
|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|