Carnegie Mellon University

Course Requirements

Candidates for the MS degree must complete a minimum of 96 units (1 unit is roughly 1 hour per week in a semester-long course) as follows.

 The program consists of a balance of core courses to equip students with the foundational perspectives and tools for policy and data analysis, quantitative methods courses, social analysis methods including, e.g., qualitative methods,  and free electives so that students can focus on an area of interest.

  • 19-701 Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis

  • 19-702 Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis

  • Examples: Probability and Statistics, Applied Data Analysis, Multi-Criteria Decision Making, Quantitative Entrepreneurship, Engineering Optimization, etc.

  • Examples: Microeconomics, Managerial and Engineering Economics, Energy Policy and Economics, Organizational Behavior for Engineers, etc.

  • Courses or research units in specific topical areas or additional quantitative or qualitative social science courses, based on the student’s area of study.

In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria for graduation:

  • A minimum 3.0 QPA is required for graduation.
  • A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for a course to count toward graduation, but no more than two courses with a grade of C can be used to meet course requirements.
  • At least 84 units must be graduate-level courses (course numbers XX-600 or above).
  • A maximum of 12 units of undergraduate courses can be counted towards the 96 units required for the degree.

Undergraduate courses must be at the 300-level or above to count towards the degree.

  • A minimum of 60 units must be in EPP, 19-xxx courses.
  • No more than 18 units of research, 19-690 MS Project, can be counted toward the degree.
  • Courses used for current or prior Undergraduate or MS degrees may not be used for the EPP MS.