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The Fletcher School’s Ph.D. programs are an important way we deliver on our mission of increasing understanding of crucial international issues. Our doctoral research not only contributes to academic literature, but also addresses pressing policy problems in areas such as security policy, economic development, energy, and environmental policy.

Working with our internationally respected faculty, students engage in meaningful fieldwork grounded in rigorous research methods and supported by a framework of comprehensive theory.

Our graduates go on to become well-respected thought leaders in academia and research, as well as in the non-profit, government, and private sectors. They produce research and policy that contributes substantively to both theory and practice, and that builds on Fletcher’s long-standing reputation as a hub for meaningful discourse on the current state of international affairs.

Ph.D. in International Relations

Join a community of like-minded scholars engaged in cutting-edge, problem-driven, interdisciplinary research in international affairs, and committed to a global perspective.

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Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy

Aimed at producing new scholars and policymakers to address critical issues centered on economic development, energy needs associated with economic growth, and the environmental and climate consequences of progress.

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