International Development Doctoral Program

Degree Requirements

The International Development Doctoral Program is a 54 credit hour program. The 54 hours are broken into 42 hours of coursework and 12 dissertation hours. Note that this is the minimum number of credit hours required to graduate; students can have more than these minimum requirements.

Students are strongly encouraged to take two of the four core classes their first semester and the second two core courses their second semester. After completing the 4 core classes (12 hours), students will sit for a qualifying exam.

After successful completion of the qualifying exam, the student will choose a major and minor area in which to focus the remaining classes and dissertation research. The areas from which to choose are Political Development/Security Studies, Economic Development and Social/Cultural Development. Once the student has chosen the major and minor fields, the student will complete 12 and 9 hours respectively from the available courses in each area.

Once a student completes all required classwork and qualifying examination, the student will sit for the comprehensive exam.

After successful completion of the comprehensive exam, the student enters into the Ph.D. candidacy, often referred to as A.B.D. (All But Dissertation). The student will then compose a dissertation committee if they have not already done so, and write a dissertation proposal. The student will then orally defend the dissertation proposal in person to their committee.

Successful completion of the dissertation proposal defense leads to the student conducting research and writing their dissertation. After meeting all of the requirements of the dissertation committee, and fulfilling the requirements outlined in the dissertation proposal, the student will sit for an in person dissertation oral defense. Meeting all of the milestones above and a successful dissertation defense and completed revisions means that you have earned your Ph.D.

CURRICULUM

42 hours of coursework 12 dissertation hours for total of 54 hours overall

NOTE: The syllabi provided below are examples and may not reflect the current syllabi for classes.

REQUIRED CORE COURSES FOR ALL STUDENTS
(12 HOURS)

  • IDV 710: International Development Theory
  • IDV 719: Research Design
  • IDV 721: International Development Statistics
  • IDV 729: Qualitative Methods

Research Team Required Courses (12 Hours in Major Emphasis Area; 9 hours in minor emphasis area for toal of 21 hours)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • IDV 713: Globalization (REQUIRED CORE METHODOLOGY/THEORY COURSE FOR THIS RESEARCH EMPHASIS AREA)
  • IDV 711: International Political Economy
  • IDV 722: International Development Statistics
  • IDV 730: International Development Finance
  • IDV 853: Comparative International Economic Development
  • IDV 875: The Political Economy of The Middle East and North Africa
  • IDV 880: The Political Economy of the Global Oil Market

POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT/SECURITY STUDIES

  • IDV 851: Comparative International Political Development (REQUIRED CORE METHODOLOGY/THEORY COURSE FOR THIS RESEARCH EMPHASIS AREA)
  • IDV 711: International Political Economy
  • IDV 712: International Law and Organization
  • IDV 871: Institutions in Development
  • IDV 872: Nation/State Building
  • IDV 873: The Political Economy of Global Climate Change
  • IDV 874: Ethnic Conflict and Civil War
  • IDV 890: International Security (REQUIRED CORE METHODOLOGY/THEORY COURSE FOR THIS RESEARCH EMPHASIS AREA)
  • IDV 795: U.S. National Security Policy
  • IDV 874: Ethnic Conflict and Civil War
  • IDV 891: Homeland Security
  • IDV 892: Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare

SOCIAL/CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

  • IDV 852: Comparative International Cultural Development (REQUIRED CORE METHODOLOGY/THEORY COURSE FOR THIS RESEARCH EMPHASIS AREA)
  • IDV 713: Globalization
  • IDV 725: Field Research I
  • IDV 730: International Development Finance
  • IDV 871: Institutions in Development
  • IDV 872: Nation/State Building
  • IDV 873: The Political Economy of Global Climate Change

ELECTIVE COURSES
(9 HOURS SELECTED FROM NON-MAJOR/MINOR EMPHASIS AREA AND/OR COURSES LISTED BELOW)

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