Ph.D. Requirements

Phd Requirements

Each of the six partner departments (anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, theology) has specific requirements for earning a dual Ph.D., while the requirements in peace studies are similar for all doctoral students. Doctoral students are required to:

  • meet course requirements and pass a comprehensive exam in one partner department as well as in peace studies,
  • take a minimum of 6 required peace studies courses taught by Kroc Institute faculty as well as required departmental courses, preferably with content relevant to peace studies,
  • submit an article to a peer-reviewed scholarly journal to be considered for publication,
  • submit applications for external funding for doctoral research,
  • complete a teaching assistantship in "Introduction to Peace Studies,"
  • complete foundational research or teaching assistantships with Kroc Institute faculty or fellows engaged in scholarship related to the Institute's research themes,
  • conduct dissertation research and writing under the guidance of Kroc faculty and fellows, and 

  • pass a foreign language exam (native English students only). 

Foundational peace studies courses for the Ph.D. include:

  • Methods in Peace Research
  • Organizing the Field: Origins, Methodologies, Results
  • Strategic Peacebuilding
  • Peace Research, Policy, and Power
  • Two electives in peace studies

Sample electives include (subject to change)

  • Building Communities Beyond Trauma
  • Christian Muslim Relation
  • Climate Change and Armed Conflict
  • Children, Youth, and Violence
  • Democratic Development: Advancing Regime Change Worldwide
  • Developmental Psychopathy
  • Ethnographic Methods for Peace Research
  • Genealogies of Islamic Thought
  • Gender and Peace Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Improvising Peace
  • International Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • International Institutions, Norms, and Organizations
  • Modern Islamic Thought – Remaking Tradition in Modernity
  • Qualitative Peace Research
  • Peacebuilding and Policy Change
  • Psychology of Peace
  • Religion and Global Politics
  • Religions in Global and International Contexts
  • Resilience in Chronic Conflict
  • Restorative Justice
  • Scripture, Violence, and Peace
  • Social Movements, Conflict, and Peace
  • Structural Violence
  • The Local Turn in Peacebuilding
  • Theology and Peacebuilding
  • Trauma and Peacebuilding

For information on departmental offerings, see the departmental websites:

PRES (Peace Research and Education Seminar)

All Ph.D. students and Kroc faculty members attend this monthly seminar during which a visiting scholar, faculty member or graduate student presents and receives feedback on research in progress. Ph.D. students often serve as formal discussants and are active participants in these multidisciplinary conversations.

Previous PRES seminar topics include:

  • "Transnational Feminist Praxis in the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in the Aftermath of the Second World War"
  • "This is Our Law! Child Rights and Power in Northern Sierra Leone"
  • "The Challenges of Quality Peace: Reflections on Peter Wallensteen's Recent Book"
  • "Following Sister Cecilia in Pabbo: Anthropological Theology as Apprenticeship to the Other"
  • "Armed with Good Intentions: Explaining Arms Embargo Compliance"
  • "Defining Good Governance and Its Relation to Prevention of Armed Conflict"
  • "Gender Roles Amidst Political, Social, Economic, and Religious Change: Bangladesh and Senegal as Cases"
  • “Daily Interactions, Indignity, and the Locus of Conflict in Refugee Camps: A View from Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya”
  • "Practicing Conversation: Feminist Research with Women Activists on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right."
  • “Systematic Peace: CPA Implementation and Long-Term Conflict Reduction”
  • “Drawing on Beauty: Aesthetics, Authority and International Law"
  • “Interpreting Islam: US Relations with Iraq and Indonesia, 1956-1968”