Admission into the Ph.D. program will be judged primarily on the applicant’s ability to undertake research successfully and his/her prospects for completion of the program. The normal requirement for admission to the doctoral program is a Master’s degree in the social sciences with a minimum A- (80%-84%) GPA. A number of years of work experience is also desirable, though not mandatory.
NPSIA’s PhD program is multidisciplinary. Applicants are required to have prior training in international relations and economics. The normal requirement is at least one course in international relations, one full credit in introductory macro and micro economics, plus one senior undergraduate level economics course. In addition, students who are admitted to the doctoral program but lack sufficient specialization in their fields of study may be required to take additional courses at the graduate level in preparation for their field seminars.
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs requires applicants whose native tongue is not English to be tested for proficiency in English, with the exception for those who obtained their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree within the past three years in a country in which the primary language is English, and where the language of instruction in the relevant educational institution was English. NPSIA applicants must submit a CAEL Assessment™ score of a minimum of 70 or a TOEFL score of 250 computer-based or 100 iBT (minimum score of 25 in each of reading, writing, speaking and listening), or an IELTS score of 8.0, with a minimum of 7.5 in any subcategory.