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Timeline & Core Classes


Typical Program Timeline

Year 1:
  • Begin selection of faculty advisor   
  • Fall:  PUAD 8010 and PUAD 8030
  • Spring:  PUAD 8020 and PUAD 8040
  • Summer:  Possible elective courses.

Year 2:
  • Fall:  PUAD 8050 and PUAD 8060
  • Spring:  PUAD 8070; electives; select dissertation adviser if have not done so already
  • Summer:  Prepare for preliminary exam in August

Year 3: 
  • Fall:  Additional elective and/or methodology coursework
  • Spring:  Pre-dissertation review; prepare prospectus; colloquium

Years 3-4-5: 
  • write dissertation

Year 5-6: 
  • Defend dissertation.  GRADUATE!!!  Do amazing things with your career!
   


Core Classes

All doctoral students must take the following core courses:

1.    PUAD 8010 - Historical and Comparative Foundations of Public Administration 
Description: A doctoral seminar on developments and changes in public administration as a field of study. It examines how theory and practice have evolved and how the field is defined, studied, and taught.  It must normally be taken during the first full semester of the doctoral program. Prereq: PUAD 7001 or PUAD 5001 (or equivalent).

2.    PUAD 8020 - Seminar in Public Management 
Description: An in-depth examination of contemporary literature, concepts, and theories of public management. Current issues and research problems are emphasized to prepare students for their advanced research. Prereq: PUAD 7003/5003, 7004/5004 or equivalent. 

3.    PUAD 8030 - Seminar in Public Policy 
Description: Offers an in-depth examination of contemporary literature, concepts, and theories of public policy, with an emphasis on policy process. Current issues and research problems are emphasized to prepare students for their advanced research. Prereq: PUAD 7004/5004, 7005/5005 or equivalent. 

4.    PUAD 8040 - Seminar In Economic and Institutional Foundations of Public Affairs 
Description: Offers an in-depth examination of the economic and institutional foundations of public affairs, with an emphasis on the evolution of theory and research in these fields. Prereq: PUAD 8010 and 8030.

5.    PUAD 8050 - Quantitative Methods I 
Description: Introduces students to the foundational principles and techniques of quantitative analysis in the social sciences generally and in public affairs specifically, including statistical inference, regression analysis, other related estimation techniques, and commonly used statistical software packages. Prereq: PUAD 8010, 8020, 8030, and 8040. Also students should have taken a master’s level statistics course within the last three years prior to enrollment. 

6.     PUAD 8060 - Seminar On The Conduct Of Empirical Inquiry 
Description: Introduces basic elements of research design in the social sciences, focusing on the relationship between theories and methods, concept development and measurement, selection of observations or cases, and alternative methods of data collection and analysis. Prereq: PUAD 5003,7003 or equivalent, PUAD 8010, 8020, 8030, and 8040. 

7.    PUAD 8070 - Quantitative Methods II 
Description: Moves beyond basic linear regression techniques by covering advanced analytic methods for improved causal inference.  Students will also be introduced to data management skills and techniques for using longitudinal data. Prereq: PUAD 8010, 8020, 8030, 8040, 8050, and 8060.  Prereq:  PUAD 8010, 8020, 8030, 8040, 8050, and 8060. 
 

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