Juliet Williams Chair Social Science Interdepartmental Program (SSIDP)

Juliet Williams, Chair

Welcome to the UCLA Social Science Interdepartmental Program!

The SSIDP supports research and teaching collaborations across departments in the UCLA Division of Social Sciences and beyond, with a focus on methodological innovation and creative problem-solving. Our programs encourage innovative social science research by bringing diverse faculty and students together to generate new understanding of key social issues. At the same time, we aim to transform research training in the social sciences for the twenty-first century with initiatives that rethink traditional approaches to teaching and learning.


UCLA Master of Social Science Program

The UCLA Master of Social Science (MaSS) program is a rigorous nine-month program based on an innovative curriculum designed and taught by distinguished UCLA faculty.

The MaSS program trains students in interdisciplinary and multi-method research approaches and prepares them for doctoral training in social science fields, and for careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors that require strong analytical and quantitative/qualitative skills.

Teaching and Learning in the Social Sciences

Dean’s Council

The Dean’s Council for Teaching in the Social Sciences provides guidance on teaching effectiveness and promotes pedagogic innovation in the Division of Social Sciences. Working closely with department leaders, the Council facilitates collaboration across divisional units while helping advance instructional support initiatives already underway at the departmental level.