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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Josef Korbel School classroom

Academic Programs

PhD Program

The Josef Korbel School PhD program combines broad and rigorous training in conventional fields - international politics, comparative politics, international political economy and/or political theory - with ample opportunities for customization, creativity and exploration. Faculty mentoring ensures each student pursues a productive path of study, whether the goal is college teaching or a career in research, government or the nonprofit sector. Each year, the Josef Korbel School receives approximately 100 applications and accepts 4 applicants, making it a highly sought after and competitive program.

Our doctoral candidates develop close working relationships with faculty in an open, informal environment that facilitates interaction and the exchange of ideas. The small size of the program also contributes to a strong sense of community. The Josef Korbel School challenges each student to become an original and creative scholar while providing a supportive environment for personal and professional development.

In recent years, our doctoral graduates have gone on to teach at universities and liberal arts colleges such as Queen's University Belfast, Occidental College, Colorado College, University of Delaware, University of South Florida and the Air Force Academy. Other graduates have pursued non-academic careers at the Ford Foundation, Carter Center, American Red Cross, U.S. Government and more.

Field specializations

  • Comparative politics
  • International political economy
  • Political theory

Centers and institutes

Another way for our doctoral candidates to gain additional work and research experience is through involvement with our school's centers and institutes. Learn more

Financial assistance

The Josef Korbel School provides a three year full tuition waiver and living stipend for most applicants accepted to our doctoral program. In addition, doctoral candidates can take advantage of opportunities to serve as research assistants at the Josef Korbel School.

Program resources