PhD in Global Governance
The objectives of the joint PhD program are:
Successful candidates must hold a master’s degree with a minimum A- average or equivalent in political science, history, economics, international development studies, international peace studies, globalization studies, environmental studies, or a related field.
Applicants whose native language is not English must furnish evidence of proficiency in English prior to admission, in accordance with University requirements.
The expected time to completion is four years. Course work and two comprehensive examinations are to be completed within the first sixteen months of the program. In the subsequent time students will conduct research and complete their doctoral dissertation. In addition to the course, comprehensive examination, and dissertation requirements described below, students are expected to participate in Research and Doctoral seminars to foster their intellectual and professional development.
Typical progress through the program:
All students must complete six courses, including the following three mandatory courses: the “core” course, the “economics” component, and the “history” component. To avoid overlap, selected courses must be approved by the Graduate Officer at the university where the student is registered.
Core Course component:
Students must choose to specialize in one of the five fields of the program. To prepare for the comprehensive exam in that field, they must select at least two courses from their chosen field. Of these two, at least one course must be a course identified as “core” for that field (marked with an asterisk in the lists below). The sixth course is an elective course.
Not all courses are offered each year and more courses may be available. Consult the respective departments at both institutions for information on available courses in any given year. Consult the respective graduate calendars for full course descriptions.
If selecting the field of Global Political Economy, students must choose at least two courses from among the following offerings at the partner universities:
If selecting the field of Global Justice and Human Rights, students must choose at least two courses from among the following offerings at the partner universities:
If selecting the field of Multilateral Institutions and Diplomacy, students must choose at least two courses from among the following offerings at the partner universities:
Research and Doctoral Seminars
In addition to the six courses described above, students must also participate in both the Research and Doctoral Seminars during their first year.
PhD Research Seminar (GV701). Advanced study in global governance requires numerate and non-numerate research skills. This seminar will consist of a number of special seminars, colloquia and other presentations focussing on archival research, interview techniques, presentation and communication skills, statistical methods for the social sciences, ethnography, interviewing skills, and related issues in methods and methodology. The course, to be organized by the Program Director (or delegate), will be team taught involving faculty from the units involved in the program at both universities and will be marked on a credit/non-credit basis. Students must maintain continuous registration in this course during the first two terms of the program (fall and winter).
Doctoral Seminar (GV702). The Doctoral Seminar requires attendance year long at departmental colloquia, seminars and related presentations, including public lectures at The Centre for International Governance Innovation, The Academic Council on the United Nations System, and area universities. Credit for the Doctoral Seminar will be assigned by the Program Director in consultation with the student faculty advisor on a credit/non-credit basis. The Seminar is designed to provide structured opportunities for meaningful interaction among students, with faculty and with outside researchers and policymakers, as well as to expose incoming PhD students to the range of opportunities for learning in the area of global governance within the Waterloo community. Students must maintain continuous registration in this course during the first year of the program (3 terms).
Students may complete a four-to-eight month internship working on global governance issues in the public or private sector, at a research institute, or for a non-governmental organization. The “work-term,” for which no formal credit will be offered, will normally take place during the student’s second year in the PhD program.
Prior to completion of the third year, students whose doctoral dissertation is concerned with a non-English speaking country or region will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the language of that country. To fulfill the requirement, students will need to demonstrate proficiency in the second language, and may do so by completing designated language courses at either the University of Waterloo or Wilfrid Laurier University. Where there are no courses available, the Program Director will determine the time and method of language assessment, in consultation with the student. The language requirement (GV770) must be met before the doctoral candidate proceeds to the thesis stage.
Candidates must write comprehensive examinations in two areas within 16 months of starting the program. Normally, students will write comprehensive exams at the end of their first year. The first examination (GV791) will be on Global Governance and will test the breadth and depth of a student’s comprehension of the leading literature. The Program Director will appoint three core faculty members to set the exam questions and mark this first comprehensive exam. The faculty teaching the program core course (GV710) during that particular year must be included among these three faculty members.
For their second area (GV792), students will choose to write a comprehensive examination in one of the five fields of the program. The Program Director, in consultation with the student and the faculty teaching the field core courses, will strike a committee of three faculty members to set the exam questions and to mark the second comprehensive exam. Students can only write an examination in a field if they have completed two courses in that field, one of which must be a “core” course for that field.
Dissertation Requirements and Procedures
Successful completion of comprehensive examinations allows students to progress to the dissertation proposal stage, at which point they should enrol in GV799. The student will normally prepare and present a dissertation proposal to a supervisor before the end of the second year. Normally, students will defend their dissertation proposal before a formal dissertation supervisory committee at the start of the third year or earlier. This defence can take place no later than 30 months after a student’s entry into the programme. A dissertation supervisory committee, normally composed of a supervisor and two core faculty of the Global Governance program, will be formed by the student with the agreement of the Program Director. The candidate will be required to submit a dissertation proposal to the committee. The committee will meet with the student to discuss the proposal. The student will also be required to present the dissertation proposals to the Doctoral Seminar. Upon formal approval, the candidate proceeds to the research and writing of the dissertation. Candidates who fail to satisfy this requirement within the established time frame may be asked to leave the program.
Normally, students should complete and defend the dissertation within four years of starting the program. When a dissertation is completed to the satisfaction of the supervisor, the thesis will be referred to the other members of the supervisory committee. After all committee members are satisfied with the dissertation, including completion of revisions recommended by the committee, an oral defence will be scheduled.
The regulations and procedures at the university where the student is registered will govern both the dissertation and the examination formats and the composition of the dissertation examining committee.
Decisions in the PhD Dissertation Defence
Five decisions are open to the examining committee:
New program approved to commence September 2007; calendar text approved by Senate March 6/07