The rigorous training and applied nature of the International Studies program prepares scholars who are ready to visibly contribute to the profession as they expand the boundaries of research and teaching.
The goal of the International Studies program is to prepare academic and professional leaders with advanced analytical research skills and deep understanding of theory and policy to make a difference for sustainable peace and prosperity. Our integrated PhD curriculum and required methods training prepare you to make an impact within the realm of international affairs. You’ll learn cutting-edge technical and analytical skills, engage with theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and master applications and policy issues in the real world. Our research spans international relations, security and conflict, deterrence and proliferation, international trade and investment, democracy and democratic transitions, political institutions, electoral politics, poverty reduction, political demography, urbanization, and more.
- PhD students complete the 72-unit program in six years on average.
- Choose a concentration in the fields of International Relations, Comparative Politics, International Political Economy, or Computational Analytics.
- Our graduates work in government agencies across the globe, in the private sector, and at NGOs and multilateral institutions.
- Our PhD alumni are also found teaching at prestigious universities across the world.