College of Social Behavioral Sciences (with courses provided by the Department of Communiaction, Department of Linguistics, School of Anthropology, School of Government and Public Policy, School of Information, and School of Sociology).
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ mission is to advance research on people, engage new generations of scholars in the process of discovery through undergraduate and graduate teaching, and share discoveries with the community through public education and outreach.
SBS is home to twenty-one schools, departments, research units, and outreach centers, and our programs are some of the most highly ranked in the country, with a collective research prominence rivaling that of the best public higher education institutions in the country. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is proud to serve a vital function in the State of Arizona as well as in the Southwest and US more broadly.
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Please note the following Admission Requirements for the Certificate in The College of Social Behavioral Sciences; none of these requirements may be waived without the permission of the faculty advisory committee.
1. Minimum accepted Graduate GPA at the University of Arizona: 3.5
2. Be enrolled in a PhD or Masters Program at the University of Arizona
3. Recommendation from Director of Graduate Studies or Advisor.
4. An unofficial copy of a University of Arizona transcript must be uploaded to the application. Upon admission the Graduate College will require official transcripts.
5. Statement of Intent (no more than two pages).
6. A list of tentative courses students plan to take.
If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator:
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Eligibility for the program:
The student must be enrolled in a Ph.D. or Master's program at the University of Arizona and in good standing (this includes students currently enrolled in MA/MS programs that are prerequisite components of Ph.D. programs and who are expected to formally advance to Ph.D. programs). The student should have a 3.5 or higher graduate GPA at the University of Arizona. Exceptions will be reviewed by the faculty advisory committee.
Requirements for the certificate:
To successfully complete the certificate the student must complete 4 courses for a total of 12 credits, with a grade of ‘B’ or better in each course: one required three-credit course, plus three three-credit graduate level electives (5XX, 6XX) drawn from a list of courses approved by the certificate’s faculty advisory committee (see Courses Tab on the website for a list of options). One of the three electives could be an independent study where the student would work on a project under the guidance of a faculty member from the advisory committee. At least two of the four courses must be outside the student’s home unit to ensure breadth of exposure to different approaches. The required course will give an overview of CSS research, introduce relevant computing skills, discuss the theory and epistemology behind CSS, and explore ethical issues particular to CSS research.
Students should go to the University of Arizona Graduate Admissions Application (GradApp) to submit their application (https://apply.grad.arizona.edu/users/login). The student has to submit a letter of intent describing what they want from the certificate (no more than two pages). They also have to list the classes they tentatively plan on taking. The student’s adviser or the DGS in his/her program needs to anwer the questions in GradApp attesting to their graduate status amd listing any special qualifications. An unofficial copy of a University of Arizona transcript must be uploaded to the application. Upon admission the Graduate College will require official transcripts. No course prerequisites, prior knowledge of a programming language, or standardized tests are required for admission.
If the applicant or faculty have questions, please contact either the Director, Prof. Joseph Galaskiewicz (email@example.com) or the Graduate Coordinator, Ms. Stephanie Amado (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Required courses (choose only one):
School of Information
School of Sociology
Department of Linguistics
Department of Communication
School of Anthropology
School of Government and Public Policy
Department of English
Must take either INFO 514 Computational Social Science (3 credits) OR PA 572 Digital Research in Politics and Policy (3 credits)
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.