International Business Ph.D. Overview

International Business Ph.D. Program 


Students must meet all the general requirements of the doctoral program of the School of Business (see Ph.D. Handbook), and meet any additional requirements of the student’s Field of Study.


The International Business Ph.D. program focuses on two broad areas: Global Strategy and Global Political Economy. Doctoral seminars cover Institutions and Development, Global Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation, International Finance, and International Political Economy. Students pursue courses that support their research interests, and can mix elements from the two areas. Central to doctoral training in International Business are strong methodological skills and developing cutting-edge research working in close collaboration with faculty.

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.