Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations

The Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations Program at USIU - Africa is both course work intensive, research oriented, and is to be awarded on both full time and part time basis.

Upon completing coursework (except dissertation) and passing written comprehensive exams, students will be advanced to candidacy.

Program Summary

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Relations Program is a scholarly research–oriented degree that is anchored on a student-centered curriculum. The Program is both course work-intensive and research-oriented, to be awarded on both full-time and part-time basis.
The core strength of the PhD program is in three areas: peace and conflict studies, development studies, and foreign policy and diplomacy. The study curriculum entails a participatory teaching and learning approach characterized by independent research and seminar presentation, interactive classroom discussions, case studies, small group discussion, reflective diaries, portfolio development and simulations.
Faculty will use a variety of teaching and testing techniques that will encourage students to be proactive, innovative, self-directed, reflective, and able to apply what they have learned. Effective use of ICT will be made.

The PhD program is designed to prepare candidates for positions in the academia, research institutions, government, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society, among others.


The full-time program is expected to be completed in a minimum of five years.

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