The centerpiece of our curriculum is a two-quarter long course that demonstrates how social science research advances understanding of complex social phenomena. The Keystone Course is organized around an examination of contemporary social problems, and features guest lectures by distinguished UCLA faculty.
In today’s collaborative academic and professional environments, it is vital to have specialized methodological expertise while also engaging diverse perspectives. The MaSS methods courses emphasize complementarities among varied approaches to quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, enabling students to address problems that affect individuals, communities, organizations, nations, and the world in creative new ways.
At MaSS, your research training doesn’t end in the classroom. Our innovative program gives you the opportunity to work closely with faculty on new and ongoing research projects, utilizing UCLA’s extensive data collections. Upon completion of the program, you will have produced a Major Research Paper (MRP) based on your own research.
We offer our students intensive mentoring, as well as the opportunity to participate in specialized workshops that emphasize practical skills. MaSS workshops include:
- Applying to PhD programs
- Doing scholarly research online
- Using data management and analysis programs
- Mastering job interviews