The QMSS Curriculum

To view a list of all UCSB courses that satisfy the QMSS requirements below, click here. To view a list of courses available next quarter, click here.

(Note: Course info for next quarter will appear around Week 5 of the current quarter.)


Course Requirements

The QMSS curriculum is designed to provide students with the rigorous mathematical and statistical background necessary for advanced quantitative work. The required mathematics and statistics courses are:

  • Math 34A and 34B (Calculus for the Social and Life Sciences) OR Math 3A and 3B (Calculus with Applications).
  • Math 4A (Linear Algebra with Applications) OR the equivalent (click here for detailed information on ways to fulfill this requirement).
  • A one year sequence of statistics (for instance, Psychology 221A, B, and C, or the equivalent year-long sequence offered in many participating departments).
These requirements can be met with equivalent courses, or waived if equivalent courses have already been completed.

The QMSS curriculum is also designed to provide a broad interdisciplinary perspective on the use of quantitative methods in the social sciences. To meet that requirement we require:

  • At least three quantitative social science methods courses, at least two of which are outside the student's home department. A list of courses that satisfy this requirement is here. A list of courses available this quarter is here.
  • Enrollment in the QMSS colloquia for at least three quarters.
  • At least one presentation of original quantitative social science research at the QMSS colloquia.

Dissertation Requirements

The QMSS curriculum is designed to train students to conduct quantitative social science research that draws on or has implications for the social sciences beyond the student's Ph.D. discipline. To that end we require:
  • A Ph.D. dissertation that is focused on an issue that is appropriate to the QMSS emphasis. For instance, the dissertation could develop a quantitative method that could be applied to social science fields beyond the student's discipline, or adapt a quantitative method used in a social science field outside the student's discipline for researching a substantive problem within the student's discipline.
  • A dissertation committee that includes at least one core QMSS faculty member from outside the student's home department. Note that according to the most recent Academic Senate requirements, the committee must include at least three UC ladder faculty members, two of whom must be members of the home department. One of the home department members must serve as chair or co-chair.

Upon Completing These Requirements

Once completing the requirements listed above, students should submit all records of courses, seminars, and research to the QMSS Coordinating Committee, which will certify to the Graduate Division that the requirements for the emphasis have been satisfied. The Graduate Division will verify completion of the emphasis and convey this information to the Registrar, which will in turn include the QMSS emphasis on the final transcript. Students who complete the requirements will graduate from their home department with an emphasis in QMSS — for example, a student in the Education department who completes the requirements will receive a Ph.D. in "Education, with an emphasis in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences."



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