2017-2018 Bulletin 
    Nov 13, 2019  
2017-2018 Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Analytical Politics, MS

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The Master of Science in Analytical Politics (MSAP) program develops and empowers students to use state-of-the-art political assessment models across all scales of political interactions.  Students are exposed to various political theories, domains, process, and methods knowledge to help them understand and predict human created uncertainty through the mechanism of politics.  Successful students acquire the ability to use a variety of political, economic, statistical, bit data and data analytics tools to solve policy problems that provide them with a distinct competitive advantage in their professional careers.  Topics covered span conflict and cooperation, income inequality, national policy development, economic growth, trade, exchange rates, demographic change, and sustainable development.    

Degree Requirements

Coursework: 36 units; no Master’s research paper required.

Final Paper Portfolio:  All students are required to submit two papers to the program office.  One paper must be written during the student’s first semester in the program.  A second paper should represent the student’s best work and may come from any subsequent semester that the student is enrolled in the program.  Papers are used for accreditation reviews of the program.  The program’s Student Handbook provides additional details.

University Policies:  University policies detailed in the Academic Policies  section of the Bulletin apply.

Core Course Requirement (12 units)

Choose from the following:

  • SPE 486 - Data Analytics & Visualization
  • SPE 317 - Advanced Formal Models
  • SPE 448 - Seminar in Social Network Analysis OR SPE 318 - Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • SPE 471 - Strategic Modeling for Politics, Economics, & Business

Research Methods (16 units)

Select one sequence only:

 Sequence A

  • PP 481 - Quantitative Research Methods
  • PP 482 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
  • PP 487 - Applied Data Analysis

Sequence B

  • ECON 382 - Econometrics I (Prerequisite: Econ 381 Probability & Statistics for Econometrics)
  • ECON 383 - Econometrics II OR ECON 384 - Time Series Econometrics
  • PP 487 - Applied Data Analysis

Sequence C

  • MATH 352 - Nonparametric & Computational Statistics (Prerequisite: MATH 252 - Statistical Theory or instructor’s permission)
  • MATH 354 - Reliability theory (MATH 251 Probability; MATH - 256 Stochastic Processes would also be helpful) OR MATH 366 - Data Mining OR MATH 452 Large-Scale Inference
  • PP 487 - Applied Data Analysis

Field Specialization (8 units)

Choose two classes from one of the following fields:


INST 401 World Politics

PP 430 Seminar in Conflict & Peace OR PP 432 Seminar in Civil War

International Political Economy

SPE 411 International Political Economy

SPE 418 Political Economy of International Development OR PP 408 Seminar in Political Demography OR SPE 429 Political Economy of China OR SPE 371 Globalization

Computational Analytics

SPE 316 Seminar in Computational  Agent-Based Modeling

SPE 438 Dynamic Modeling


CGH 300 Theoretical Foundations in Health Promotion and Education

CGH 302 Epidemiology

Foreign Policy

PP 420A Foreign Policy USA

PP 420E Foreign Policy of Latin America

PP 420F Foreign Policy of the Middle East

Note: Students who wish to substitute classes or create alternative tracks must gain prior approval by a Faculty Advisor.

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