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.)
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:
These requirements can be met with equivalent courses, or waived if equivalent courses have already been completed.
- 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).
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
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
- 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."