School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

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INCM Course of Study


The PhD in International Conflict Management is comprised of a total of 75 credit hours. There are at least 60 course credits and up to 15 dissertation credits required. Eligible students can have up to 17 related credits transferred in from their Master’s degree, going towards to the 60 credits required.

See definitions for more explanation of INCM terms.

The PhD in INCM structure is as follows:

Program Requirements

See program requirements in KSU Graduate Catalog.

Core Seminars - 12 Credit Hours

Students are required to complete ALL of the following courses.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • INCM 9001
    Theories and Analysis in International Conflict Management
    3
  • INCM 9002
    International Relations: Theory, Systems, and Practice
    3
  • INCM 9005
    Economics of Conflict
    3
  • INCM 9006
    Intercultural Dynamics in International Conflict Management
    3

Core Research Methods Requirements - 12 Credit Hours

Students are required to complete ALL of the following courses.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • INCM 9101
    Fundamentals of Research Design
    3
  • INCM 9102
    Quantitative Methods
    3
  • INCM 9103
    Qualitative Methods
    3

Students are required to complete ONE of the following courses.
  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • INCM 9210
    Advanced Quantitative Methods
    3
  • INCM 9230
    Advanced Qualitative Methods
    3
  • INCM 9250
    International Program and Management Evaluation
    3
  • INCM 9290
    Special Topics in Research Methods
    3

Faculty Research Colloquium - 1 Credit Hour

Students are required to complete the following course.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • INCM 9004
    Faculty Research Colloquium
    1

International Experience - 3-9 Credit Hours

Students are required to complete the following course.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • INCM 9700
    International Experience
    3

Program Curricular Electives

Curricular Elective requirements vary from 15 to 32 credit hours by number of credits from the International Experience and transfer credits.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • INCM 9320
    Essentials of International Negotiation: Theory and Practice
    3
  • INCM 9330
    Foundations and Issues in International Political Economy
    3
  • INCM 9340
    Transnational Civil Society and Conflict
    3
  • INCM 9350
    Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, and Reconciliation
    3
  • INCM 9370
    International Project Management
    3
  • INCM 9380
    Sustainable Development
    3
  • INCM 9410
    Comparative Conflict Management Policies of International Organizations
    3
  • INCM 9430
    Post-Agreement Reconstruction
    3
  • INCM 9450
    Current Conflicts
    3
  • INCM 9451
    Current Conflicts in Africa
    3
  • INCM 9510
    Related Study of a Selected Regional Area
    3
  • INCM 9530
    Related Study of a Selected Topical Area
    3
  • INCM 9550
    Related Course Directed Study
    3
  • INCM 9601
    Case Writing and Case Teaching
    1
  • INCM 9602
    Peacebuilding Assessment
    1
  • INCM 9603
    Essentials of Mediation
    1
  • INCM 9604
    Nonviolence Resistance
    1
  • INCM 9605
    College and University Teaching
    1
  • INCM 9606
    Security System Reform (SSR)
    1
  • INCM 9607
    Strategy Development
    1
  • INCM 9608
    Elections and Electoral Systems Design
    1
  • INCM 9609
    Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration
    1
  • INCM 9610
    Culture, Ethics, and Leadership in International Conflict Management
    1
  • INCM 9611
    ICM Grant Writing and Evaluation
    1
  • INCM 9613
    Gaming, Conflict, and Decision-Making
    1
  • INCM 9650
    Special Topics in INCM
    3

Dissertation - 16 Credit Hours

Students are required to complete the following courses.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • INCM 9600
    Dissertation Proposal Seminar
    1
  • INCM 9900
    PhD Dissertation Research
    15

Definitions

PhD Candidacy

A PhD candidate is defined as a student who has completed the required PhD-level coursework and has met all additional program-related requirements except for the language requirement, dissertation thesis, and dissertation defense. This status is referred colloquially as ABD ("All But Dissertation").

Dissertation Committee

Before beginning the dissertation proposal seminar, each student selects a faculty member in the program who agrees or tentatively agrees to serve as his/her dissertation chair. Each student will then select his/her own dissertation committee in consultation with his/her dissertation chair.

The Dissertation Committee must have a minimum of three (and a maximum of five) faculty members, including the Chair. The interdisciplinary nature of this program suggests that dissertation committee members will likely come from different disciplines and, in some cases, from other colleges or institutions.

Faculty outside of the program may serve on a committee with the approval of the Committee Chair. Faculty outside KSU may also serve with the approval of the Committee Chair. However, participation by non-program faculty is limited to one member of the committee although exceptions can be granted. All KSU committee members must be graduate faculty. If a potential committee member does not have this status, he or she needs to petition the Graduate School to obtain it. Once the committee is selected, the student completes the Request for Approval of PhD Dissertation Committee form and obtains appropriate faculty signatures.

Dissertation Defense

All dissertation defenses are open to the public. Announcements about upcoming defenses are posted on the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development website and in KSU publicity outlets at least two weeks prior to the defense.

Professional Language Competency

INCM PhD students must pass a foreign language exam or equivalent.

Scholarly languages as well as field languages are acceptable. The foreign language competence is usually demonstrated by passing the ACTFL OPI at the Intermediate HIGH level to meet the requirement of second language proficiency within the INCM PhD. This requirement should be completed by the time of graduation. Students considered a “native speaker” (individual who completed secondary or tertiary education [high-school level or higher] within a specified language) are exempt from the ACTFL OPI requirement. Other forms of evidence of language competence may be presented to the Language Proficiency Committee for approval.