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Security Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #401 (ARWU) Manhattan, KS, United States
The graduate program in Security Studies  is a rigorous, interdisciplinary program intended to prepare its students for careers in research, teaching, and security and international affairs through a broad  exploration of social science and historical methodologies as well as topics relating to security issues. 
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Overview

Comprehensive exams in Security Studies entail a written and oral examination, subdivided into a general field and a special field. The written component of the general field examination is one closed-book, 8-hour exam in the History of International Security, and one closed-book, 8-hour exam in the Politics of International Security (usually, these two exams will occur on successive days or two out of three days). 

An interdisciplinary Exam Committee of KSU Security Studies faculty, which may vary from year to year, will determine the precise format and administer the written general field exam. The student will be allowed to consult the history and political science reading lists in hardcopy form but will not be permitted to have any notes or other resources available during the examination.

Students should regard the reading lists as indispensable tools to help prepare them to be knowledgeable and independent thinkers. However, examiners also may pose questions on important Security Studies issues not specifically included in the readings. 

A successful exam does not merely summarize the findings of other scholars; it presents clear and well-argued theoretical arguments supported by the literature but rooted in the student’s own ideas.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Historical Approaches to Security
  • Historical Methods in Security Studies
  • Advanced Research Methods 
  • Readings in History 
  • Readings in Political Science

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    53

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Submit Online Application
  • Pay the $80 USD Application Fee
  • Submit Transcripts
  • Submit Copy of Passport
  • Submit Affidavit of Financial Support and Bank Statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 960 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    425 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 425 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Most graduate students are able to finance their education with a variety of financial assistance tools specific to graduate school:

  • Graduate Assistantships: Funded by individual departments and graduate programs, teaching, research and graduate assistantships are awarded based on a student's ability and promise.
  • Graduate Fellowships
  • Loans: Loans are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have successfully applied for financial assistance
  • Traineeships: Traineeships are offered through the university or departments that have federally supported traineeships.

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