PhD Program Structure and Curriculum

The joint doctoral program is a five-year program. Students spend most of their first two years in Economics, Political Science or Sociology taking the same sequence of theory and methods courses as departmental students. In year three, students finish up course requirements and write an original policy research paper. In years four and five, students complete a dissertation under the supervision of Ford School and departmental faculty.

Economics and Public Policy

Students in the Joint Economics and Public Policy PhD program take the following course requirements; economics requirements are listed in black and public policy requirements are in blue. For more information about graduate offerings in Economics, see: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/econ/graduatestudy/doctoralprogram/courses

Political Science and Public Policy

Students in the Joint Political Science and Public Policy PhD program take the following course requirements; political science requirements are listed in black and public policy requirements are in blue. For more information about graduate offerings in Political Science, see: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/polisci/graduate/programinformation

NOTE: Major fields include: American Government and Politics, Comparative Government and Politics, International Relations and World Politics, Law and Courts, Political Theory, Research Methods.

Sociology and Public Policy

Students in the Joint Sociology Science and Public Policy PhD program take the following course requirements; sociology requirements are listed in black and public policy requirements are in blue. For more information about graduate offerings in Sociology, see: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/soc/graduate/degreerequirements

NOTE: Students applying to the joint Sociology program must designate a program area at the time they apply (this can be changed after enrollment). Program areas include: Culture and Knowledge; Economic Sociology and Organizations; Gender and Sexuality; Health and Healthcare; Power, History and Social Change; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social Demography; and Social Psychology. Students may also work with faculty to develop individualized areas of specialization.

Joint Program Public Policy Requirements

Three important elements of the public policy component of the joint PhD program requirements include: the policy seminar, the research internship and the third-year paper.

Policy Seminar
First and second year joint students attend a biweekly seminar series offered for 1 credit (PUBPOL 810). This biweekly seminar is intended to introduce students to applied policy research early in their doctoral career. The seminar series consists of 6-8 presentations per term of applied policy research papers. Both domestic and international policy issues will be addressed. Students will have the opportunity to serve as presenters or respondents in the seminar series in their third, fourth, and fifth year in the program.

Research Internship
Joint students must complete a research internship by the end of their third year in the program. This requirement can be satisfied through a paid summer internship with a faculty member, through a research assistantship, or by collaborating on a paper with a faculty member. The internship, like the biweekly seminar, is designed to involve students in the research process early in the doctoral program.

Third-Year Paper
In order to help students make the transition from coursework to research, the joint program requires students to write a third year original research paper on a policy-related topic under the supervision of two faculty supervisors (PUBPOL 830).