Whether you want to teach, conduct research, or work in a policy environment, our PhD program will equip you with the skills, tools, and knowledge to succeed in highly competitive environments such as leading universities, government agencies, and nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations around the world.
To apply to the PhD program, you must have a bachelor’s degree. Before undertaking doctoral study, it’s beneficial, but not mandatory, to have a master’s degree in public and international affairs or in one of the social sciences. Once you’re accepted, you must complete 72 hours of coursework and a six-credit dissertation. If you have earned a master’s degree, you may apply for as many as 30 credits of advanced standing (or 36 credits if your master’s degree was earned at GSPIA).
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We’ve designed our doctoral studies program to ensure a high-quality education that also expedites your time to degree. To do so, we’ve implemented the following procedures:
If you’re looking for an international career in a specific region of the world, you can enhance your master’s degree with a graduate certificate from the University Center for International Studies.
GSPIA has a long history of successful graduates. We are tied for second (behind only the Maxwell School at Syracuse University) in the number of NASPAA dissertation awards won by our doctoral students. One of our students also recently won the APPAM dissertation award.
Over the past five years, our doctoral graduates have received appointments at universities from coast to coast within the United States and at universities abroad, including Korea, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Lebanon.
Senior alumni of the program hold leadership positions in academia, government, and international organizations throughout the United States and around the world.
You’ll have access to the extensive resources within GSPIA, as well as resources within the University of Pittsburgh’s highly regarded departments of political science, economics, history, and other related disciplines.Explore all