Ph.D. Program - 73 Total Credits

The Division of Global Affairs (DGA) offers a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Global Affairs--a multidisciplinary field concerned with theoretically informed and problem-oriented approaches to transnational issues and their interaction with local issues. Seventy-three (73) credits with grades of B or higher are required for the Ph.D. in Global Affairs. All students must complete:

  • Seven Areas of Inquiry (AIs) Courses with grades of B (3.0) or higher —21 credits
  • Two Research and Methodology Courses —6 credits
  • One Dissertation Preparation Course (26:478:590:01:11379): Doctoral Seminar in Theory & Methods —3 credits
  • Two semesters of Capstone Colloquia Series with grades of Pass (a colloquium is a lecture series of 5 to 6 presentations on a given topic organized by a core DGA faculty, which students must attend and write a 15 page paper on if they want to accumulate credit) —4 credits
  • One Foundation Course - (26:478:508; 26:790:508): Evolution of the Global System —3 credits
  • Five Elective Courses —15 credits; note three electives may be joined with the applicable AI discipline to qualify for a certificate 
  • Language Requirement— no credit
  • Dissertation Research—21 credits

Students are also required to complete the following:

Please take note of Dissertation Committee and Dissertation General Requirements.

NOTE #1: Ph.D. Global Affairs students are encouraged to take an additional advanced qualitative or quantitative methodology course as an elective.
NOTE #2: Interested students can partake in Internships or Independent Study to fulfill certain requirements.
NOTE #3: Ph.D. Global Affairs students must pass the 52-credit review, a comprehensive examination, receive approval for a dissertation proposal, and write, successfully defend, and submit a dissertation. Once students have succeeded in their comprehensive exams and have started doing research on their dissertation, they must defend their proposal to move forward with their dissertation. Their Ph.D. committee should be comprised of 4 tenured faculty members: the chair of the committee, who must be a DGA core faculty member; another DGA core faculty member; another Rutgers Uiversity faculty member; and a non-Rutgers faculty member. The Ph.D. committee should have at least one expert on the topic of the dissertation. 

Time Limits
The maximum alloable time for a Ph.D. in Global Affairs is eight years (please note that students who received a M.S. degree from DGA begin the Ph.D. program in year 3). These limits apply regardless of whether the student applied when DGA accepted part-time applicants. Students who are unable to maintain these goals may submit a request to the Director to approve additional time. If prior approval is not received, students may be required to therminate their graduate studies and withdraw from the Graduate School-Newark. 

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