The doctoral program is highly specialized. Its purpose is to develop the skills of doctoral candidates in international political analysis and to increase their capacity to conduct research on theoretical issues, international security studies, strategic studies, comparative foreign policy, international political economy, regional integration, global environmental problems, international law, peacekeeping and conflict resolution as well as area studies such as Europe, the Balkans, Russia, the Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus. The program is reserved for a limited number of students who are qualified to spend several years conducting intensive research. The program is particularly suitable for students who wish to pursue an academic career.

Students accepted into the program must complete at least 26 credit hours of course work.  There are five required international relations courses include the following: Research Methods and Academic Publication Ethics, Academic Practices, Current Debates in International Relations Theory, Advanced Diplomatic History, Ph.D. Dissertation. The six elective courses can be selected from the offered graduate courses each semester.

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