NPSIA’s PhD program focuses on multidisciplinary policy-relevant research in the area of international affairs. Our objective is to train graduates to have the subject matter expertise and analytical skills that will allow them to become sophisticated consumers and producers of research, critical thinkers on international policy issues, and contributors to the academic and policy worlds.

The program features three broad fields of study: International Conflict Management and Resolution, International Development Policy, and International Economic Policy. In addition to a seminar that critically examines the essential literature of their chosen field, students have the opportunity to take related classes that reflect their specific interests. All students receive training in policy analysis and applied qualitative and quantitative methodology, in order to develop the skills needed to undertake research in their area of interest, and to complete their dissertation.