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- Credit Requirements
The program requirements for the Ph.D. in International Affairs are a minimum of 5.0 credits comprised of the following:
- Elective courses in declared field (1.5 credits)
- Economic course in declared field (0.5 credit)
- A comprehensive examination in the declared field of study (0.5 credit)
- Compulsory research methods and policy analysis courses (1.5 credits)
- Prospectus Seminar and public defence of a research prospectus (1.0 credits)
- Dissertation (0 credit)
Plus: Successful completion of the language requirement.
Note: Students without strong economics or international relations training in previous degrees will be required to do additional ECON or IR courses in the School, which will be considered extra to the degree.
- Program Sequence
First Year: required field and economics courses, along with a corresponding comprehensive field examination.
- Required field courses (3) (1.5 credit);
- ECON course in declared field, as offered by the School (0.5 credit);
- INAF 6800 – doctoral comprehensive exam field seminar;
- INAF 6100, 6200, 6300 or 6400 – declared field comprehensive examination (0.5 credit);
Second Year: required method and policy analysis courses
- INAF 6001 (0.5 credit);
- INAF 6002(0.5 credit);
- INAF 6003 (0.5 credit);
- INAF 6906 (0.5 credits) – prospectus seminar.
- Language courses (if required) to fulfill the School’s language policy
Note: Students without strong economics or international relations training in previous degrees will be required to do additional ECON or IR courses in the School within the first two years, which will be considered extra to the degree.
Third Year: prospectus preparatory seminar and prospectus defence
- INAF6907 (0.5 credit) – Continuous enrollment in the prospectus seminar, until successful defence of the prospectus;
- Any remaining required course credits;
- INAF6909 (0 credit) – Enrollment in the Ph.D. thesis, once the research prospectus is successfully defended;
Fourth/Fifth (if required) Years: dissertation development
- INAF6909 (0 credit) Continuous enrollment in the Ph.D. thesis (including summer terms)
- Completion and successful defence of the doctoral thesis
- Completion Timeline
Ph.D. students must be registered full time for the duration of their program. Students are expected to successfully complete the field comprehensive examination (0.5 credit) by the end of the first year, the required 4.0 credits of coursework by the end of their second year, and defend their research prospectus (0.5 credit) no later than the end of the third year.
A student whose performance on the field comprehensive examination is not deemed satisfactory will be allowed to repeat the examination once, and the second attempt must take place in the following academic term. A student whose research prospectus defense is not deemed satisfactory will be required to repeat the research prospectus defense in the next academic term, and no later than the end of the Fall term of the fourth year. Students who have not successfully completed the comprehensive examination and/or prospectus defence within the specified time will be subject to removal from the program.
Students may only register in INAF 6909 following successful defense of the research prospectus, are expected to demonstrate evidence of research progress annually, and will be required to present their work at the NPSIA Research Seminar Series or show equivalent research activity.