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Global Governance (PhD)

Global Governance (PhD)

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The program is currently accepting applications for the September 2022 cohort; the first consideration deadline for the next cohort is 15 January 2022.

The world faces increasingly complex problems that have taken on global significance, including conflict and peace building, humanitarian crises and intervention, international economic inequality and instability, and global environmental change. How are these problems addressed at the global level? And are the mechanisms adopted to address them effective and just?

Our PhD in Global Governance, offered jointly by Laurier and the University of Waterloo at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, is a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary examination of power and authority in the global arena.

In this program, you’ll examine the variety of actors, institutions, ideas, rules and processes that contribute to the management of global society. In addition to international organizations and inter-state relations, the study of global governance examines the various non-state actors as well as the realities of contemporary life that contribute to the establishment and functioning of global rules, norms and institutions.

Program Structure

Our PhD in Global Governance is a full-time program that requires the completion of six courses and the following program milestones:

  • two comprehensive examinations
  • research seminars
  • a dissertation proposal
  • internship (optional)
  • dissertation/dissertation defence

The expected time to completion is four years.


More information can be found on the International Applicants page.

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Contact Us:

Timothy Donais, graduate coordinator

T: 519 884-0710, ext. 3295

General Inquiries

T: 226.772.3122


  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000).
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis receive a minimum of $24,000 a year. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

We give you the flexibility to explore your research interest and the ability to specialize in one of the following fields:

  • global political economy
  • global environment
  • conflict and security
  • global justice and human rights
  • multilateral institutions and diplomacy
  • global social governance


  • A master’s degree in political science, history, economics, international development studies, international peace studies, globalization studies, environmental studies, or a related field with a minimum A- standing.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests and letters of reference.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English prior to admission.
  • Contact a prospective adviser prior to submitting your application.


Our graduates have gone on to tenure-track positions in a number of universities in Canada and abroad, and researcher positions with the Government of Canada.

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