International Business Ph.D. Overview

Goals

We have four primary objectives for the Ph.D. program in the International Business Department:

  1. To equip students with an in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of international business theories and concepts
  2. To provide candidates with necessary conceptual, quantitative, and methodological skills to carry out high quality empirical research aimed at publication in top-tier academic journals.
  3. To produce well-trained students who will be able to obtain an academic appointment at a top school in international business or related discipline.
  4. To prepare candidates for the varied responsibilities of academic careers

These objectives are accomplished in several ways, including formal course work, independent study and reading, formal assignments as research and teaching assistants, student- or faculty-initiated research projects, dissertation research, and co-authoring papers with one or more faculty members and other Ph.D. students.

The Department

GW’s International Business department is ranked among the top 20 in the United States by US News and World Report. The research and expertise of the faculty of the International Business Department spans a broad theoretical base, including economics, political science, finance, management and banking. The strength of the department is complemented by the ability to leverage resources across top local business schools, think tanks, the numerous agencies and research departments of the U.S. Government, and institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., one of the most vibrant intellectual centers of politics and economics in the world. GWU is also a designated Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) (funded by the U.S. Department of Education), which provides students with resources for research and teaching in the areas of Institutions, the State, and Development in International Business.