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:
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:
Dissertation RequirementsThe 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:
The QMSS curriculum is designed to train students in cutting edge statistics and research methods to enhance their prospects for successful careers in academia and industry. In consultation with their QMSS advisors, students are encouraged to add additional quantitative or methods courses to their Course Contract, as needed. For example, students pursuing careers in data science may be advised to take additional courses in mathematics (e.g., a sequence in Calculus or Linear Algebra) or programming (e.g., courses in Python, R, SQL, Hive, or Spark). We encourage students to work closely with their QMSS advisors to develop a course contract that best meets their training and career goals.
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."