Analytical Competency

The analytical competency helps prepare students for the design and execution of professional policy analyses. A minimum of six credit hours is required, drawn from one or more courses from sections A, B, or C. Other courses may be deemed appropriate with the Director's approval.

A. Policy Analysis and Public Administration

PPPA 6051: Governmental Budgeting

PPPA 6053: Financial Management in the Public Sector

PPPA 6016: Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation

PPPA 6002: Research Methods and Applied Statistics

B. Economic Theory and Concepts

ECON 6301: Applied  Microeconomics Theory (requires a prerequisite 6300 Mathematical Methods for Economics)

ECON 6305: Applied Macroeconomics Theory

Other relevant courses offered by the Economic Department (e.g. microeconomics, industrial organization, environmental economics, regional economics)

C. Research Methods

STAT 1053: Introduction to Statistics in Social Science

STAT 1111: Business and Economics Statistics I

STAT 2112: Business and Economics Statistics II

STAT 2118: Regression Analysis

STAT 2183: Intermediate Statistical Laboratory: Statistical Computing Packages

PPPA 6002: Research Methods and Applied Statistics

PPPA 6003: Economics for Public Decision Making

PPPA 6006: Policy Analysis

PPPA 6013: Research Methods in Policy Analysis

PPPA 6014: Economics in Policy Analysis

PSC 6103: Approaches to Public Policy Analysis

In instances where proficiency in a foreign language can be shown to be integral to a student's program of study, it may be used to meet the analytical competency requirement. Students must petition for approval from the Program Director. Courses taken to demonstrate language proficiency may not be included in the 40 credit-hours required for the degree.