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Graduate Program in Economic, Political and Policy Sciences


Professors: Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Daniel Arce, Kurt J. Beron, Brian JL Berry (Dean), Thomas Brunell, Anthony M. Champagne, Marie Isabelle Chevrier, Harold D. Clarke, Rachel Croson, Denis Dean, Lloyd J. Dumas, Catherine Eckel, Euel W Elliott, Daniel Griffith, Edward J. Harpham, Donald A. Hicks, Bruce Jacobs, Paul Jargowsky, L. Douglas Kiel, Murray J. Leaf, Robert Lowry, James Marquart, James Murdoch, Lawrence J. Redlinger, Todd Sandler, Richard K. Scotch, Barry J. Seldon, Marianne C. Stewart, Dongyu Sul, John Worrall
Associate Professors: Bobby C. Alexander, Philip K. Armour, Nathan Berg, Denise Pacquette-Boots, Simon Fass, Jeremy Hall, Jennifer Holmes, Tomislav Kovandzic, Susan McElroy, Fang Qiu, Kevin Siqueira, Sheryl Skaggs, Gregory S. Thielemann, Michael Tiefelsdorf, Lynne Vieraitis
Assistant Professors: Rodney Andrews, Paul Battaglio, Patrick Brandt, Yongwan Chun, Linda Camp Keith, Brandon Kinne, Young-joo Lee, Li, Xin (Sherry), Banks Miller, Robert Morris, Clint Peinhardt, Meghna Sabharwal
Clinical Professors: Donald Arbuckle, Calvin Jamison, Stuart Murchison, Elmer Polk, Robert Whelan
Clinical Associate Professors: Douglas Dow, Wendy Hassett
Clinical Assistant Professors: Kimberly Aaron, Timothy Bray, Kruti Dholakia, Wenhua Di, Rodolfo Hernandez, Guerrero, Karen Jarrell, Sarah Maxwell, Nicolas Valcik
Research Professors: Tammy Leonard, Sonya Salamon
Professors Emeritus: Ronald Briggs, Irving J. Hoch
Adjunct Associate Professors: Ernan Haruvi (joint appointment with SOM)
Senior Lecturers: Brian Bearry, Teodoro Benavides, Cliff Bowden, Karl Ho, Luba Ketsler, Heja Kim, Meryl Nason, Elmer Polk, Irina Vakulenko, Yuki Watanabe (joint appointment with A&H)


There is increasing awareness of the impact that rapid technological, economic and social change is having on society. The graduate programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences are designed to prepare students for careers in the rapidly evolving public, private and non-profit sectors by developing expertise in areas such as policy analysis, economic decision making and public management. Our Ph.D. Programs are also designed to prepare students for careers in both teaching and research. Each graduate program is discussed in more detail below.


Students have access to the computing facilities in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and the University’s Computing Center. The School has its own teaching laboratories. The University’s Computing Center also provides personal computers and UNIX workstations for student use. Databases, a computerized geographic information system and WESTLAW, a legal research system, are also available for student research. Doctoral students have opportunities to participate in research programs directed by members of the faculty. Further details are available below.

Admission Requirements

The University’s general admission requirements are discussed here.

All programs require applicants to have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, GRE or GMAT scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation. Specific additional requirements are discussed for each program in their respective sections below.


The details for each program are discussed in their respective sections below. Students may be required to take courses to prepare them for coursework.


The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences offers graduate degrees in seven master’s programs and six Ph.D. programs. These programs represent a wide range of both disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary courses of student. Our master’s degree offerings include M.S. degrees in Applied Sociology, Criminology, Economics, Geospatial Information Sciences, International Political Economy, Master of Public Affairs and the Master of Public Policy degrees. The Ph.D. programs include programs of study in Criminology, Economics, Geospatial Information Sciences, Political Science, Public Affairs, Public Policy and Political Economy. The Economics and Political Science programs offer innovative courses of study in these disciplinary areas. The Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Economy combines rigorous methodological training with a strong substantive focus in different policy areas. The School also offers non-degree certificate programs in City Planning, Crime and Justice Analysis, Economic and Demographic Data Analysis, Evaluation Research, Geographic Information Sciences, Homeland Security, Local Government Management, and Non-profit Management.


The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences offers seven masters programs and six Ph.D. programs. These programs and their credit hour requirements are given below.

Master’s Programs

M.A. in Political Science - Constitutional Law Studies (30 hours)
M.A. in Political Science in Legislative Studies (30 hours)
M.A. in Political Science (30 hours)
M.S. in Applied Sociology (36 hours)
M.S. in Criminology (36 hours)
M.S. in Economics (36 hours)
M.S. in Geospatial Information Sciences (30 hours)
M.S. in International Political Economy (36 hours)
M.S. in Justice Administration and Leadership (35 hours)
Master of Public Affairs (42 hours)
Master of Public Policy (36 hours)

Ph.D. Programs

Geospatial Information Sciences
Political Science
Public Affairs
Public Policy and Political Economy

All Ph.D. programs require at least 75 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. Applicants should contact their respective program office to discuss possible transfer credit.

Graduate Certificate Programs

In addition to our degree programs, the School offers the following certificate programs for both degree and non-degree seeking students.

City Planning
Economic and Demographic Data Analysis
Evaluation Research
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Geospatial Intelligence (Geolnt)
Homeland Security
Local Government Management
Non-profit Management
Remote Sensing


Last Updated: October 21, 2011