Note: Due to COVID-19, GSPIA has temporarily paused admissions to the PhD program for fall 2021.
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:
- We limit the number of students we admit to ensure that virtually all admitted students will receive at least four years of financial support, contingent on their academic performance.
- We review student progress annually, offering constructive feedback to students about their progress and providing an appropriate strategy for completing the program.
- We streamline and clarify the comprehensive exam format to expedite the completion of this requirement, so that students can move on to preparing their dissertation proposals.
- We develop strong partnerships with other academic units in the University of Pittsburgh to collaborate in offering a wider range of doctoral courses.