The curriculum of the program is designed to equip students with the ability to understand and address global issues from multiple perspectives and with data-analytical tools. Students deliver research projects through applying the concepts on real issues and learning from the faculty and team members.
Quantitative Analysis in Public Policy
This course provides an introduction to critical, quantitative thinking. Students will be introduced to the basic toolkit of policy analysis, which includes sampling, hypothesis testing, Bayesian inference, regression, experiments, instrumental variables, differences in differences, and regression discontinuity. More importantly, students will learn the principles of critical thinking essential for careful and credible policy analysis.
Introduction to Programming in R
This is an introductory course in programming and data analysis for students with no prior coding experience. The course has three goals: introducing students to the tools required to write and share code; translating self-contained questions into R programs; and learning how to retrieve, clean, visualize, and analyze data.
Faculty-led Capstone Project
Throughout the program, students work in small groups, led by a faculty member on a capstone project. The capstone project is an excellent opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills learned over the program. The project enables students to work through real world problems, collaborate with peers and faculty to design a solution. Students can highlight the project on their resume.
Public Policy Series
The series of public policy lectures and talks will expose students to a wide range of critical policy topics such as education, energy, healthcare, finance, and economic development. Students will analyze policies and their impacts, review relevant research on each topic, and examine implications of the findings to policy and practice. Students will also hear from leading practitioners within each field about their own experience and development paths.
Academic and Professional Writing and Communication
This course focuses on building skills to communicate and write clear, effective academic or professional prose. Students will learn North American writing conventions and strategies as well as tactics to convey clear messages to an audience in an impactful way. These skills enable students to write a great research proposal or personal statement.