The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in International Relations has a comparative advantage in training scholars to engage in cutting-edge, problem-driven, interdisciplinary research in international affairs and political science. Our doctoral research not only contributes to academic literature, but also to resolving pressing policy problems. Students engage in significant fieldwork grounded in rigorous methods and supported by a comprehensive theoretical framework, helping Fletcher doctoral candidates produce research that contributes to both theory and practice.
With approximately seventy students engaged in coursework or research, the PhD Program is an integral and vibrant component of The Fletcher School. After completing their degrees, our graduates go on to high-level careers in academia, research, non-profit organizations, government, and the private sector.