About this Program

The Ph.D. in International Studies is a highly customizable and interdisciplinary degree. The Graduate Program in International Studies (GPIS) offers advanced research opportunities and training in global problems and transnational issues. Students may choose from one of several concentrations to focus their studies: U.S. foreign policy and international relations, conflict and cooperation, international political economy and development, interdependence and transnationalism, and comparative and regional studies, modeling and simulation, and cultural studies.

Program Highlights

  • Interdisciplinary approaches to global problems

  • Individual mentoring

  • Dedicated career development opportunities

  • Strong alumni community

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Doctor of Philosophy
Delivery Modes


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What are the requirements to apply for International Studies at ODU?
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in International Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

All candidates for admission into the Ph.D. must submit:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (may be waived on a case-by-case basis for PhD applicants depending on prior qualifications at the master’s level).

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate or prior graduate course work submitted directly by all universities attended.

  • An essay of not more than 500 words describing interest in and capacity for advanced training in global/transnational issues.

  • One example of writing or research (a paper submitted to a seminar, a publication or report, or another comparable example).

  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the candidate's capacity to undertake graduate work on international global issues.

  • Any prior graduate course work taken at Old Dominion University (e.g., in non-degree status) or at another institution can be counted toward the Ph.D. degree only in accordance with the provisions governing transfer of credit and the director’s approval.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

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Associate Professor & Director of International Studies Programs

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