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Choosing two primary disciplines

An individualized approach is at the core of the PhD program in international studies. Upon entering the program, each PhD candidate identifies the two disciplines that will constitute the foundation of his or her research. At least one must be a core HEI discipline: political science, law, business administration, or economics.


Program structure

The PhD program is structured around several key elements:

  • Condensed coursework in the form of three courses in the student’s chosen disciplines, one of them a methodology course. This allows PhD candidates to focus their education on the subjects most relevant to them. Research students have access to a wide range of courses on different themes in a variety of disciplines.
  • A multidisciplinary methodology course reserved for students in the HEI research profile.
  • A multidisciplinary seminar that allows research students to bring their disciplinary knowledge and skills to bear on a specific theme, e.g., a geographic area or a particular international issue. Research students can select from among several seminars, thus focusing their education on the subjects most relevant to their research. The seminars are reserved for HEI students and have been specially designed to foster the development of an integrated, multidisciplinary approach.
  • PhD examinations represent two major milestones for PhD candidates. By successfully completing the comprehensive exam and the dissertation proposal exam, students demonstrate the scope of their knowledge in their chosen fields and the progress they have made in their research.
  • The dissertation is obviously the most important component of the PhD program, counting for nearly two thirds of the credits needed to obtain the diploma.


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