Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy
The Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS allows students to specialize in a specific domain of knowledge while gaining the recognition that is instrumental to pursue advanced careers in academics, think tanks, international organizations, or government research.
AGS admits very few selected Ph.D. candidates every year and tailors the international affairs program based on each one's interests and career objectives. The highest academic standards are sought in the coursework as well as in the methodology, research, and writing of the doctoral dissertation. A unique aspect of the Ph.D. program at AGS is the very close guidance provided to students throughout the dissertation process.
The program takes full advantage of its location in Paris, which offers access to countless libraries, archives and special collections, and provides an excellent venue for conducting interviews with diplomats and members of government institutions, inter-govermental organizations and NGOs.
Please note that the Ph.D. degree is not accredited at this time.
The International Relations and Diplomacy curriculum has a multi-disciplinary scope. Required courses cover the disciplines of international relations, political science, economics, international law, international organizations, and diplomacy. The choice of electives is made in accordance with the domain in which the candidate wishes to pursue his or her research.
Ph.D. candidates may take internships as part of their curriculum in order to develop a network of useful contacts and in order to combine hands-on experience with the scholarly work involved in the Ph.D. program. (more information on internships here).
International Relations and Diplomacy Ph.D. candidates must successfully complete:
See the list of courses below (please click on each link to get the course description).
Note: Required as well as elective courses can be transferred from another university if they meet the standards of AGS.
Elective Area Courses
In order to be awarded the AGS's Ph.D. degree in International Relations and Diplomacy, students must meet the following requirements:
All requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be met within six years of admission to Ph.D. candidacy, with a minimum of two years for the research and writing of the dissertation.
Stages of the program
Combined M.A.-Ph.D. program
AGS offers a combined M.A.-Ph.D. program per the American model. The combined M.A.-Ph.D. program allows students to take the five required courses for both degrees simultaneously. Ph.D. candidates having done their M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS would therefore not have to take the required courses again, but would only have to take seven elective courses.
Note: Passage from the M.A. to the Ph.D. program is not automatic. It is subject to approval by the Academic Committee.
Ryan MillsUnited States
From current issues in the Middle East taught together by an Iranian historian and an Israelli journalist, to NGO management taught by the director of Human Rights Watch in France, every class was fascinating and taught by some of the most impressive people I could ever have imagined. I immediately felt at home in this small but active AGS community because, although students and professors are all from different parts of the world, everyone takes the time to understand each other's perspective. Overall, I would recommend AGS to anyone with a thirst for intellectual stimulation and a drive to not only understand the world of international relations, but engage in it..