UCI has a 4+1 M.A. in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics (PPE), which is administered by the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science. Students are admitted in their junior year, and complete undergraduate requirements as well as a year of MA coursework.
PPE aims at providing students with a broad yet thorough education in the three constitutive fields: Philosophy, Political Science and Economics. The program’s objective is to train students to critically evaluate individual and collective decision-making and public policy. Philosophy equips students with tools to reason rigorously and facilitates ethical reflection. Economics provides tools for evaluating individual and collective decision-making. And Political Science provides an understanding of the real contexts in which ethical and economic principles must be applied. Thus the three disciplines inherent in PPE are mutually supportive and a background in each is necessary for an individual to gain a robust understanding of social phenomena.
The 4+1 M.A. in PPE may be of considerable interest to students interested in obtaining additional education focused on ethics, logic, decision-making, and public policy. This is also excellent preparation for students considering law school.