NB: New applicants: Only the Economics Department and the Politics Department are accepting new applicants for the program. The Woodrow Wilson School is no longer accepting new applicants for its part of the Doctoral Program in Political Economy.
The Woodrow Wilson School is no longer accepting new applicants for its part of the Doctoral Program in Political Economy. The following requirements apply to students enrolled in the program prior to Fall 2011. Those students are required to complete ten doctoral courses and one semester of directed research. The courses must include: (a) two doctoral courses in Economics other than ECO 520 (normally ECO 501 and 502, but substitutions may be permitted); (b) the two-semester sequence in Political Economy (currently ECO 520 and POL 584); (c) two doctoral courses in Politics (other than POL 584), chosen from a list of appropriate courses drawn up by the Program Committee; (d) quantitative analysis at the level of WWS 508c or POL 573 (POL572 if taken before Fall 2007), or above. Additional courses should be selected to help prepare for the general examination. For the general examination, each student takes two written examinations. One of the written examinations must be Political Economy. The other may be chosen from the fields offered by the Politics Department and/or the Economics Department. In addition, the student must complete (for credit) a coherent sequence of three courses in a third field. This third field may also be chosen from the fields offered by the Politics Department and/or the fields offered by the Economics Department. In order to qualify as a third field, the course sequence must be approved by the faculty chair of the WWS Political Economy cluster.
To prepare for their general examinations in Political Economy, students are expected to master the material covered in a two-course sequence in Political Economy. These courses will be offered jointly by the Economics and Politics departments. The general examination in Political Economy is set by a committee appointed by the Program Committee.
All students in the Program are also expected to participate regularly in a research workshop in political economy and to write a dissertation on a topic in political economy.