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.
International Relations and Diplomacy Ph.D. candidates must successfully complete:
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).
Required as well as elective courses can be transferred from another university if they meet the standards of AGS.
AGS-R01 : Factors and Theories of Analysis in International Relations and Diplomacy
AGS-R02 : Research Methodology and Design
AGS-R03 : Foreign Policy Formulation and Diplomacy
AGS-R04 : International Public Law
AGS-R05 : Current Economic Problems and Policies
AGS-R06 : International Organizations
AGS-R07 : Current Issues in International Relations
AGS-E01 : Historical and Contemporary Geopolitics
AGS-E02 : Strategy and Conflict Resolution
AGS-E03 : Cultural Development and Awareness
AGS-E04 : Global Communications, Media and International Affairs
AGS-E05 : International Trade, Banking and Finance
AGS-E06 : Theory and Origins of Global Conflict
AGS-E07 : Principles of Economics
AGS-E08 : Beginnings of the Contemporary Political Order
AGS-E09 : Anthropology and Politics
AGS-E10 : Post-Modernity and International Relations and Diplomacy
AGS-E11 : Comparative Politics
AGS-E13 : Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy
AGS-E14 : International Environmental Politics
AGS-E99 : Internship
Elective Area Courses
AGS-EA10 : Central and South America
AGS-EA20 : Eastern and Western Europe
AGS-EA30 : The Middle East and North Africa
AGS-EA40 : Sub-Saharan Africa
AGS-EA50 : South and Central Asia
AGS-EA60 : East and Southeast Asia
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 seven 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 five 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.
AGS 2013 Conference
April 18-19, 2013 in ParisTheme: "Identity and Gender Politics within International Relations"
Danny Nelson USA
EMSF, School of Business and Economics
Class of 2009
The Baruch program at AGS gave me an edge by cultivating my knowledge in finance and crafting my way of thinking. The environment of the program mirrors my work environment: my co-workers come from all over the world, but the language of work is English. The key reasons, however, for my decision to study at this school were that I had access to some of the most brilliant professors in the world and the flexibility to work while studying.