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A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses

POLI 701 (0) Ph.D. General Written Examination First Field
POLI 702 (0) Ph.D. General Written Examination Second Field
POLI 799 (0) Ph.D. Oral Comprehensive Examination

Complementary Courses (13 courses)

13 courses at the 500, 600, or 700 level chosen as follows:

Major Fields: 8 courses

Four courses chosen in first major field.

Four courses chosen in second major field.

Note: One course out of the eight must be a 700-level research seminar in one of the major fields.

Political Theory: 1 course

One course in political theory at the 500, 600, or 700 level.

Methods: 1 course

POLI 612 (3) Research Design and Empirical Methods

or another suitable Advanced Methods course.

Additional Courses: 3 courses

Three additional courses of which at least one must be outside the student's major fields.

Advanced Research Tools

Language Requirement: Students must pass an advanced-level translation test from a language other than English. If the student's research will involve field work in a country where English is not widely spoken, the test will include an oral component. In selecting a language to fulfil this requirement, the student must demonstrate in writing how the chosen language is related to his or her research.


Advanced Statistical Methods: To fulfil this requirement, students must complete a course (at the 500, 600, or 700 level) in advanced statistical methods.