American Graduate School in Paris:
Earn a top-quality Ph.D in International Relations in Paris! The American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) provides a Ph.D in International Relations and Diplomacy which is taught entirely in English to students from around the world.Email: Contact us below ( or request a callback ).
This doctorate program gives you the opportunity to specialize in a specific domain of knowledge, while gaining the recognition that is instrumental to pursue an advanced career in academics, international organizations, think tanks, or government research.
Ph.D in International Relations and Diplomacy
At AGS, we admit very few Ph.D. candidates each year. The international affairs program is tailored based on the interests and career objectives of each candidate.
We seek the highest academic standards in the coursework, as well as in the methodology, research, and writing of the doctoral dissertation. We provide very close guidance to students throughout the dissertation process.
In order to be awarded your Ph.D. degree, you must meet the following requirements:
- Successfully complete the coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. Depending on the number of transfer credits, the coursework can be completed in 12 to 18 months on a full-time basis.
Pass a pre-dissertation comprehensive examination.
- Achieve the writing and defense of a doctoral dissertation of at least 75,000 words of research, analysis, and corroborating data.
All of these requirements must be met within six years of admission to Ph.D. candidacy, with a minimum of two years for the research and writing of your dissertation.
Our comprehensive curriculum has a multi-disciplinary scope. There are five required courses which cover the disciplines of political science, international relations, economics, international organizations, international law, and diplomacy.
You also choose seven elective courses, including two area courses. Your choice of elective subjects is made in accordance with the domain in which you wish to pursue your research.
You may also complete internships as part of your curriculum. Internships allow you to combine hands-on experience with the scholarly work involved in the Ph.D program, as well as develop a network of useful contacts.
AGS Student Testimonial:
"My AGS experience was infinitely rewarding, from the classes to the faculty, to the student community. My time in Paris gave me many opportunities to connect and interact with people in the vibrant international community around Paris, from UNESCO to Human Rights Watch, to the countless other organisations that call Paris home."
- Tim, New Zealand