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School of International Service, PhD

Core Coursework

International Relations Theory Core (12 credit hours)

Social Science Research Methodology (12 credit hours)

Additionally, during their first year, students must also attend SIS-096 Pro-seminar in Theory, Research, and Policy.  This is a non-credit course that meets every other week for two semesters and is designed to expose students to scholars and practitioners of international relations from across the social sciences.

Graduate-level methodology courses taken at other universities may be counted in fulfilling this requirement only with permission of the director of the Ph.D. program.


Contact Kasey Neil Petri, the PhD Program Coordinator, at 202-885-6582 or

We encourage prospective candidates to visit the University to meet faculty members and current PhD students. To arrange a visit, contact Graduate Admissions at 202-885-1646 or