Plan Your Education
How to Apply
Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts (completed Bachelor’s degree required)
- Statement of purpose: In 1,500 words, provide a statement of your research and career interests and goals; your motivation for pursuing a PhD; why you are interested in an interdisciplinary PhD program; member(s) of the faculty with whom you are interested in working.
- Writing sample: A writing sample is required (5-10 pages of original, single-authored work).
Please visit the International Graduate Applicants if applicable.
Deadlines & Cost
Deadline: February 1 for fall
Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.
Program Cost Information: Bursar's website
Core Courses (18 Credits)
- CONRES 623 - Introductory Theory 3 Credit(s)
- GGHS 710 - Human Security 3 Credit(s)
- GGHS 711 - Global Governance 3 Credit(s)
- GGHS 712 - Gender and Human Security 3 Credit(s)
- GGHS 713 - International Relations Theory 3 Credit(s)
- GGHS 715 - International Organization 3 Credit(s)
Complete four courses from one of the following tracks or a self-designed concentration.
Courses for the track are chosen in collaboration with the faculty advisor.
Gender, Human Rights, and Human Development
Global Political Economy
Complete four additional courses drawn from any track or methods courses.
Up to six credits of field internship may be applied toward this requirement.
- GGHS 714 - Doctoral Colloquium in Global Governance and Human Security 2 Credit(s) - complete two semesters
- GGHS 781 - Doctoral Research Group 3 Credit(s) - complete two semesters
Complete 68 credits from 21 courses including six core courses, two research methods courses, four track courses, four electives, two colloquium courses, two doctoral research courses, and ten credits of dissertation research.
Tracks: Students select a track in conflict resolution; environment; gender, human rights, and human development; global political economy; or a self-defined concentration.
Doctoral candidacy: Pass two qualifying exams in core subjects and the area of concentration.
Dissertation: Compose and defend a dissertation based on original research.
Language: Student must demonstrate competency in second-language research.
Statute of limitations: Seven years.
A Global Governance & Human Security MA is also offered.
Graduate Program Director J. Samuel Barkin
conresglobal [at] umb.edu
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