Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to submit portfolios of documents as evidence of their qualifications. Qualified applicants are recommended for admission based on the International Conflict Management (INCM) Program Admissions Committee evaluation of the submitted materials. The MA/MS degree in a related discipline is highly recommended as the basic requirement. Evidence of relevant full-time work experience or international experience is strongly recommended, but not required.

To be considered for admission to the PhD in International Conflict Management, applicants must complete the electronic Application for Graduate Admission with a non-refundable application fee and submit the following supporting documents by the August 1 deadline to be considered for Spring semester or the February 1 deadline to be considered for Fall semester.

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  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended. 

    International transcripts must be evaluated by any of the credentialed agencies listed here. Evaluations must include a course-by-course listing and a calculation of the applicant's GPA. 

  • A GRE score is not required, but may be submitted; if submitted, the GRE score will be considered alongside the other application materials. Applicants who submit GRE scores are not favored over those who do not.

  • Statement of Intent describing the applicant's interest in the study of international conflict management and any relevant experiences and an outline of how the Ph.D. program could further those interests. Applicants are also encouraged to identify a research topic area and are encouraged to list potential faculty mentors. The statement of intent should be 2-3 pages maximum.

    To view a list of the faculty in the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development, click here

  • Submit a writing sample demonstrating writing and analytical abilities related to higher education or professional experience. This writing sample is preferred in English, however will be accepted in another language accompanied by an English translation. There are no length requirements, however longer samples (e.g., a senior or master's thesis) should be accompanied by an abstract or executive summary.

  • Submit a document showing the chronological progression of educational and work experiences including any additional information relevant to support the application.

  • Letters of Recommendation from three references, at least two of which describe the applicant's qualifications, motivation and prospects for success in the program. The references will be sent an email with a link to a reference form to be completed electronically.
  • All applicants who are not native speakers of English must take the TOEFL (minimum score of 80 required) or the IELTS (minimum score of 6.5 required). Please check the "Request to Waiver of TOEFL/IELTS" to see if you qualify. If you believe you qualify, please complete, and submit a TOEFL Waiver Request.

    For more information, visit International Student Resources. 


Congratulations to the Ph.D. in International Conflict Management students and their committees.
Congratulations to the Ph.D. in International Conflict Management students and their committees.