Master of Public Policy (MPP)

In the MPP, you will be taking 3 courses per quarter for two years. In the first two quarter’s you’ll take the Core courses, which act as a foundation for the rest of your coursework and career. For a sample schedule and full degree requirement details see the MPP degree program page.

How the autumn quarter core courses will be offered:

Statistics Sequence

You’ll take a two-course sequence in statistics, the first course of which is in the autumn quarter and the second course of which is in the winter. You’ll choose between the standard statistics courses (PPHA 31002 Statistics for Data Analysis I) or the advanced version (PPHA 31202 Advanced Statistics for Data Analysis I) for students with more statistics and calculus experience. Students who have already covered the material for the Advanced Statistics course can petition to waive that course and take an elective in its place. Occasionally a master’s student may also opt to take the PhD econometrics sequence instead, pending seat availability and instructor permission (see PhD program details for information about delivery method for the PhD courses). 

You can see the syllabi for these courses from 2019-20 on the Harris courses page. The content of these courses will be largely the same, but the delivery methods will be different. Updated 2020 course syllabi will be provided in late summer. 

Below are the details of the autumn quarter course. The winter quarter modality may differ and will be determined at a later date following public health guidance, though there will definitely be virtual options available in the winter quarter. 

PPHA 31002 | Statistics for Data Analysis I 

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Each week, students will be asked to watch and engage with a pre-recorded lecture, and all three of the faculty on the instructional team will be featured in these lectures, so students can learn from more faculty.  These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about as many times as they need. The lectures will also be integrated with exercises that will let students self-assess how well they understand the material and pre-feed questions into the live discussion sections.

In addition to the pre-recorded lectures, each student will register for a weekly 90-minute live discussion section with one of the three instructors. Stats I will have nine discussion sections in total so that the class size in any section is sufficiently small that there can be substantial interaction and discussion between students and faculty.  Discussion sections are being scheduled with an eye toward the time zones that students are likely to be in. Students will also have one-hour live TA session each week, as well as instructor and TA office hours to get specific help. Students who need additional training on statistical coding in Stata and R will also register for a Coding Lab which meets once per week. All instructor-led live sessions will be recorded and made available to students who miss all or a portion of the class meeting.  

PPHA 31202 | Advanced Statistics for Data Analysis I

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a combination of live, large group lecture with a live instructor-led discussion sections. The live lecture will be 90 minutes, once per week for the entire class. Students will have the option to attend live or view the recording of the class session later (or both). Students will be assigned to one of two instructor-led discussion sections; these sections will have a sufficiently small class size that there can be substantial interaction and discussion between students and faculty. Each section will be 90 minutes, once per week. There will also be weekly TA sessions as well as instructor and TA office hours for students to ask individual questions. Both the live lecture and discussion section will be scheduled with time zones in mind, and all content will be recorded to allow students to re-watch later if they want to review the content or were unable to attend the live session.


Microeconomics Sequence

You’ll take a two-course sequence in microeconomics, the first course of which is in the autumn quarter and the second course of which is in the winter. You’ll choose between the standard microeconomics courses (PPHA 32300 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I) or the advanced version (PPHA 32310 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I) for students who have more economics experience (generally people who majored or minored in economics at the college level). Students who have already covered the material for the Advanced Microeconomics course can petition to waive that course and take an elective in its place. Occasionally a master’s student may also opt to take the PhD economics sequence instead, pending seat availability and instructor permission. (see PhD program details for information about delivery method for the PhD courses).  

You can see the syllabi for these courses from 2019-20 on the Harris courses page. The content of these courses will be largely the same, but the delivery methods will be different. 

Below are the details of the autumn quarter course. The winter quarter modality may differ and will be determined at a later date following public health guidance, though there will definitely be virtual options available in the winter quarter.

PPHA 32300 | Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a combination of live, large group lecture with a live instructor-led discussion sections. The live lecture will be 90 minutes, once per week. Students will have the option to attend live or view the recording of the class session later (or both). 

In addition to the live lecture, each student will register for a weekly 90-minute live discussion section with one of the two instructors. Micro I will have eight discussion sections in total so that the class size in any section is sufficiently small that there can be substantial interaction and discussion between students and faculty.  There will also be weekly TA sessions as well as instructor and TA office hours for students to ask individual questions. Both the live lecture and discussion section will be scheduled with time zones in mind, and all content will be recorded to allow students to re-watch later if they want to review the content or were unable to attend the live session.

PPHA 32310 | Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a combination of live, large group lecture with live instructor-led discussion sections. The live lecture will be 90 minutes, twice per week. Students will have the option to attend live or view the recording of the class sessions later (or both). 

The instructor will also lead discussion sections twice per week, where he will answer questions regarding the previous lecture. Each of these sessions will be 90 minutes, and students are strongly encouraged to attend. There will also be weekly TA sessions as well as instructor and TA office hours for students to ask individual questions. Both the live lecture and discussion section will be scheduled with time zones in mind, and all content will be recorded to allow students to re-watch later if they want to review the content or were unable to attend the live session.


Analytical Politics

You’ll take a two-course sequence in analytical politics, the first course of which is in the autumn quarter and the second course of which is in the winter. You can see the syllabi for these courses from 2019-20 on the Harris courses page. The content of these courses will be largely the same, but the delivery methods will be different. Students who believe they have already covered the same material as either of the courses in this sequence can petition to waive the course and, if the petition is accepted, take an elective in its place. 

Below are the details of the autumn quarter course. The winter quarter modality may differ and will be determined at a later date following public health guidance, though there will definitely be virtual options available in the winter quarter.

PPHA 30800 | Analytical Politics I

Instructors:

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Each week, students will be asked to watch and engage with a pre-recorded lecture produced by Ethan Bueno de Mesquita.  These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about as many times as they need. The lectures will also be integrated with exercises that will let students self-assess how well they understand the material and pre-feed questions into the live discussion sections.

In addition to the pre-recorded lectures, each student will register for a weekly 60-minute live discussion section with one of the three instructors. API will have twelve discussion sections in total so that the class size in any section is sufficiently small that there can be substantial interaction and discussion between students and faculty. Discussion sections are being scheduled with an eye toward the time zones that students are likely to be in. Students will also have access to an optional weekly TA session, as well as instructor and TA office hours to get additional help.