School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Academics / PhD in Interntaional Conflict Mgmt: Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


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 $60 application fee and submit the following supporting documents by the July 15 deadline to be considered for Spring semester or the March 1 deadline to be considered for Fall semester.

1. Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions you attended. Please note that although unofficial transcripts may be uploaded online, you still need to have official transcripts.

Submitted transcripts from foreign institutions must be accompanied by an official evaluation. Transcripts may be evaluated by one of the following agencies. Evaluations must include course-by-course and a calculation of your GPA. The evaluation must come to us in a sealed envelope or electronically directly from the agency.

2. Official GRE Test Score

Submit a copy of your GRE Scores from the Educational Testing Service. See GRE Scoring table for more information.

3. Statement of Intent

Describe your interest in the study of international conflict management and any relevant experiences you bring to the program and outline how you believe the PhD program could further your interests. While you are not expected to have a full proposal developed at the time of application, the identification of topical, regional, theoretical, or methodological foci will enhance your overall competitiveness. Your statement will be reviewed by the INCM Admissions Committee of faculty from a range of disciplines. The KSU Graduate Online Application will allow you to upload this required documentation.

Additionally, you are strongly advised to identify program faculty with whom you might like to work and to contact those faculty regarding their availability as mentors and dissertation advisors. Such contact should be referenced in the Statement of Intent. The presence of faculty members interested in your specific research agenda enhances the likelihood that you will generate a dissertation of high academic quality. Faculty support for your application may improve your chances of acceptance into the program (although it does not guarantee acceptance).

4. Writing Sample

Submit a writing sample demonstrating your writing and analytical abilities as they relate to higher education or professional experience. This writing sample is preferred in English, however, it 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. The KSU Graduate Online Application will allow you to upload this required documentation.

5. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Submit a document showing the chronological progression of your educational and work experiences including any additional information you deem relevant to support your application. The KSU Graduate Online Application will allow you to upload this required documentation.

6. Recommendation Letters

Three letters of recommendation should be submitted through the KSU Graduate Admissions office. Two of which should be from referees who can describe in detail your qualifications, motivation, and prospects for success in the program.

7. Additional Requirements for International Students

All applicants who are not native speakers of English must take the TOEFL (minimum score of 88) or the IELTS (minimum score of 6.5), unless: they come from exempt countries; have graduated from a college or university in the United States accredited in a manner accepted by KSU; or who have studied successfully for at least one year at a university in which English was the medium of instruction. If these criteria are applicable you may submit a TOEFL Waiver Request.

For more information, visit International Student Resources