What will I learn?

The PhD interfield degree program combines courses from both sides in the Division of Politics & Economics (DPE) for an interdisciplinary political economy degree.

This innovative interfield degree program combines PhD-level research in political science, economics, methods, and political economy. Leading faculty-scholars from both fields impart the skills, knowledge, and experience that will qualify you for competitive careers in the nonprofit sector, corporate arena, government, consulting, academia, and more. Students must be accepted into the PhD interfield by the Department of Politics & Government or the Department of Economic Sciences.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

This program requires a minimum of 80 units composed of a core, a methods minor field, a political science major field, and an economics major field.
Students in the PhD interfield degree program must pass qualifying examinations in both major fields of study and defend a dissertation proposal and a dissertation that meets rigorous methodological standards and draws from both major fields.
The Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies is the research arm of the Economics and Political Economy programs at CGU and provides opportunities for research assistantships as well as access to field-related seminars, conferences, workshops, and sessional professional meetings.

Curriculum

Core Courses (28 units)

Political Economy
Foundations of Political Economy

Two of the following:
American Political Economy
International Political Economy
Comparative Political Economy

Economics
Microeconomic Analysis
Macroeconomics I

Two of the following (by approval of the field advisor):
Game Theory*
Advanced Microeconomics I
Advanced Microeconomics II* or Advanced Game Theory*
Advanced Macroeconomics
*At least one is required

Methods Sequence (16 units)

One of the following four-course statistical sequences:

Track 1
Conduct of Social Inquiry
Mathematics for Economists I
Econometrics
Econometrics II or Econometrics III

Track 2
Conduct of Social Inquiry
Quantitative Research Methods
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
Applied Data Analysis or Advanced Methods

Field Requirements in Economics and Politics & Policy (36 units):
The Politics & Government/International Studies programs require five courses to complete a field (20 units). Available fields:

American Politics
Comparative Politics
Public Policy
World Politics
International & Comparative Political Economy

The Department of Economics requires four courses to complete a field (16 units). Available fields are:

Behavioral Economics & Neuroeconomics
International Economic & Development Economics
International Money & Finance
Political Economy & Public Economics

Which department am I in?

School of Social Science, Policy and Evaluation

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
US$31,680.00 per year
USD $1,980 per unit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 January 2022

Venue

School of Social Science, Policy and Evaluation

150 E. 10th Street,

CLAREMONT,

California,

91711, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

CGU requires applicants to submit proof of a completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The school also requires a minimum standard of a B average in undergraduate coursework (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).

For international students

CGU requires applicants to submit proof of a completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The school also requires a minimum standard of a B average in undergraduate coursework (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).

A minimum TOEFL score of 75 iBT, IELTS score of 6.0 or Pearson PTE score of 50 is required to be considered for admission to CGU through the International Scholars Program (ISP). A minimum TOEFL score of 95 iBT, IELTS score of 7.0 with no sub-score lower than 6.5 or Pearson PTE score of 66 is required for direct-entry admission.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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