PhD Program

About the PhD Program in Global Studies

The PhD Program is the first of its kind at a Tier-1 Research University in the United States, and the first within the University of California system. It is a stand-alone degree (approximately 5-6 years) and is separate from our highly successful terminal MA in Global Studies which has been operating for over a decade.

The PhD program in Global Studies provides a unique interdisciplinary degree for the study of global issues such as conflict, immigration, human rights, environment, and sustainable development. We are looking for outstanding applicants who desire to become experts on global issues by engaging with research designs, analytical techniques, and teaching approaches beyond the confines of individual disciplines.

The program is taught by leading scholars, who are internationally recognized for their innovative theoretical, empirical, and pedagogical contributions. Candidates will work closely with Global Studies faculty in conjunction with 23 Affiliated Faculty members from across the campus, providing access to a wide variety of disciplinary scholarship/expertise.

Combining approaches from the social sciences and humanities, the PhD is built around three related concentrations:

  • global political economy and development
  • global culture and ideology
  • global governance and global civil society

Students complete gateway courses in all three areas, along with research methodology, before focusing on a research specialization. The degree typically involves a field studies component, mastery of a second language, and the completion of a PhD dissertation.

To apply for the program, please see our Admissions page. Each applicant must complete an online application with the Graduate Division.