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School of International Service, PhD

Director's Welcome

Sharon Weiner

The opportunities and challenges that face our world as we move into the new millennium are many and varied. Successfully handling these issues will require the knowledge and experience of the brightest and best trained minds. The School of International Service's (SIS) PhD in International Relations provides qualified and dedicated students with the training, knowledge, and experience necessary to pursue careers in the scholarly and policy worlds that offer solutions to these challenges and create new opportunities. Thanks to its large and diverse faculty, SIS offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the study of international relations. We value theoretical diversity, intellectual breadth, analytical rigor, and scholarly excellence. SIS is committed to maintaining among its faculty, and within its doctoral program, the expertise needed for the rigorous analysis of critical issues in international affairs.


Sharon Weiner, Director of Doctoral Studies
School of International Service


How to Apply: PhD admissions process and requirements.


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