The Research Methods field provides students with an opportunity to develop in-depth competencies and to master research tools that can be used when undertaking empirical research in public policy, management and finance.
To complete this field, students must choose two of the five modules outlined in the detailed field description. Students must take a total of at least five courses for this field and must take at least two classes in each module. In contrast to the other fields, students will demonstrate proficiency in each module based upon the grades earned in the courses and by passing a take-home exam, administered during the regular comprehensive exam period. In general, students must earn a “B+” average, with a minimum grade of “B” for doctoral level courses and a minimum grade of “B+” for masters level courses, although exceptions may be made in rare circumstances.
A NYU Wagner faculty member serves as advisor for each module. Students should meet with the module advisor prior to enrolling in module courses in order to arrange an appropriate plan of study. All coursework and grades must be certified by the module advisor in order for proficiency to be granted. Approval forms are available from the doctoral program’s assistant director. The advisor for each module is listed within the description. Students should also be sure to check with all relevant schools and departments regarding registration deadlines. In certain cases, students may be awarded transfer credit for prior coursework outside of NYU that is substantially equivalent to the classes listed in the field description. However, students must complete a minimum of two classes in each of their chosen modules while registered at NYU. In special cases, module advisors may also award credit to alternative classes that are not included on the lists in the field description.