Because the M.A. in PPE Program is a small, highly selective program, these requirements are flexible and can be tailored to an individual student’s needs by the program director.
The program of study is divided into two stages: undergraduate requirements to be completed before the end of the fourth year, and graduate requirements to be completed by the end of the fifth year.
- Completion of a B.A. in one of the associated departments (Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, or International Studies)
- Six additional courses total – including at least two upper division courses – in
the two areas that are not the student’s major. The areas are Philosophy/Logic and
Philosophy of Science, Economics, and Political Science/International Studies
- A Philosophy major would need to take three courses in Economics (including one upper div) and three courses in Political Science/IS (including one upper div)
- An Economics major would need to take three courses in Philosophy/LPS (including one upper div) and three courses in Political Science/IS (including one upper div)
- A Political Science or GIS major would need to take three courses in Philosophy/LPS (including one upper div) and three courses in Economics (including one upper div)
- In addition, we strongly suggest students take some courses that will prepare them to deal with technical material, such as math and logic
- Proseminar in PPE I, II, III
- Six graduate courses approved by the director of the PPE program, two of each area
- A final, oral defense in which the student and at least two PPE faculty members, including
the PPE director, will discuss their work. In preparation, the student will either
- an MA thesis to be completed over the course of the graduate year under faculty supervision, or,
- a final, term length paper/project