Credit Requirements

The program requirements for the Ph.D. in International Affairs are a minimum of 10.0 credits comprised of the following:

  • Compulsory research methods and policy analysis courses (1.5 credits)
  • Elective courses in declared field (1.5 credits)
  • Economic course in declared field (0.5 credit)
    Students without strong economics training in previous degrees will be required to do a second ECON course in the School, which will be considered extra to the degree.
  • A comprehensive examination in the declared field of study (0.5 credit)
  • Prospectus Seminar and public defence of a research prospectus (1.0 credits)
  • Dissertation (5 credits)



Program Sequence

First and Second Years: policy and methods courses and required field 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 field seminar;
    • INAF 6100, 6200 or 6300 – declared field comprehensive examination (0.5 credit);
    • INAF 6001 (0.5 credit);
    • INAF 6002 (0.5 credit);
    • INAF 6003 (0.5 credit);
    • INAF 6905 (1.0 credits) – prospectus seminar and research prospectus defence.

Additional courses that may be required within the first 2 years of the program:

  • Language courses (if required) to fulfill the School’s language policy;
  • ECON course(s) as offered by the School or the Economics department, if recommended by the School.

Third Year: The following must be completed by the end of the third year of the program:

  • Any remaining required course credits;
  • Continuous enrollment in the prospectus seminar and research prospectus defence, until successful defence of the prospectus;
  • Enrollment in the Ph.D. thesis, once the research prospectus is successfully defended;
  • The language requirement.

Fourth/Fifth (if required) Years:

  • Continuous enrollment in the Ph.D. thesis (including summer terms)
  • Completion and successful defence of the doctoral thesis


Residence Requirement

All Ph.D. candidates will be registered full time for the full duration of their program, including summer registration as required.