Political Methodology - Specialized Field

These are minimum requirements. Additional courses may be desirable and are up to the supervising committee to designate.

Requirements for the Ph.D.

Completion of at least EIGHT courses. The Methodology field does not have a comprehensive examination. Students must earn a grade of 3.3 or above in all courses counting toward the requirements.

A. Four Required Courses:

  1. Pol S 500 Political Research Design and Analysis (5 credits)
  2. Pol S 501 Advanced Political Research Design and Analysis (5 credits)
  3. Pol S 503 Advanced Quantitative Political Methodology (5 credits)
  4. One Course from the Qualitative and Mixed-Method List (see below)
B. Completion of A (four courses) is required before the defense of the Masters Essay of Distinction.
C. Four additional courses from the Political Methodology list.

Qualitative and Mixed-Method List

These courses have been approved and new courses may be added. Additions must be approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator and the Methods Field Coordinator. If you wish to approve a course not currently on the list, please apply before the relevant quarter begins and before you register for the course.

Political Methodology List

Any 500-level class taught through the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (with the exception of CS&SS 590) as well as the Economics and Sociology classes listed below. Additional courses will be approved on an ad hoc basis. Submit a petition for course review – course description and syllabus, if available – to the Political Methodology Field Coordinator. The course will be evaluated for inclusion in the Political Methodology Course List. In cases where the course is applicable to the student but not to the program in general, the course will be approved only for the student who submitted the petition. Courses offered through the Department of Statistics will typically be approved.