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International Relations, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #253 (QS) , MA,
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in International Relations trains scholars to conduct cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research across key areas of international affairs and political science.

About

A combination of in depth, hands-on fieldwork and comprehensive theoretical study helps our Ph.D. students to uncover the meaningful questions that ultimately shape both their future research and their careers.

Working alongside our world-renowned faculty, Fletcher doctoral candidates acquire the theoretical and practical skills needed to produce research that will help shape future discourse on international relations. After completing their degrees, our graduates go on to successful high-level careers in academia, research, non-profit organizations, government, and the private sector.

Fletcher Ph.D. students shape their studies through a primary field of study, which allows them to pursue a program unique to their interests while also developing a breadth of foundational knowledge in a second field of study. 

Students seeking additional opportunities to individualize their studies and advance their research often complete coursework and conduct research at our various partner universities. Students may also cross-register for up to a quarter of their classes at a Tufts or Harvard graduate school.

Our Ph.D. candidates come from all over the world, bringing perspectives and experiences that inform their research and goals. Get to know their stories and learn how they plan to help shape the future of international affairs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Politics
  • Development Economics
  • Gender Analysis in International Studies
  • Human Security
  • International Business Relations
  • International Environment and Resource Policy
  • International Security Studies

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.6
Recommended score: 3.6

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.6 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.6 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Official transcripts
  • Academic history
  • Essay
  • CV

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30772 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30772 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    30772 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30772 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Medford

  • 1458 - 3020 USD/month
    Living Costs

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