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PhD in International Conflict Management

INCM Program Overview
INCM Program Vision
INCM Program Purpose
INCM Program Objectives


The PhD in International Conflict Management (INCM) at Kennesaw State University (KSU) currently has students from around the world, creating a dynamic, yet intimate, educational environment. INCM is a field that currently has few opportunities for advanced training. This PhD program offers several key elements unavailable in most other doctoral programs in this field to top-quality, advanced graduate students. Each doctoral student, after completing the core courses, is given the flexibility to focus their studies in their desired area.


The INCM is one of only a few such programs available in North America. PhD students accepted into the program receive broad interdisciplinary training and opportunities that draw on an array of academic disciplines. Graduates will be able to address problems from a sophisticated knowledge base of substantive, theoretical, practical, and methodological approaches.

The core courses prepare them in key global competencies including:

  1. Intercultural dynamics of global conflict
  2. Economic conflict analysis
  3. International relations
  4. Conflict management theory
Methodological preparation is rigorous, including required and optional courses in quantitative and qualitative methods, research design, and international program and policy analysis and evaluation. The PhD program also requires graduates to obtain significant international experience and competency in a language other than English.


To become a leading PhD program preparing scholar-practitioners for the complex challenges of preventing, managing, and transforming international conflict.


This fulltime, interdisciplinary, in-residence program is designed to meet the global demand for scholar-practitioners to address the complex array of international conflict and security challenges through the development and implementation of empirically based research, policy recommendations, and solutions. INCM PhD graduates are prepared to compete for tenure-track university faculty appointments and a wide range of operational positions in government, non-governmental agencies, and the global business community.

Program Objectives

INCM PhD offers several key elements unavailable in most other doctoral programs in this field to top quality graduate students:

  1. The interdisciplinary nature of the program provides graduates with broad training allowing them to integrate the latest research findings into theoretically rich, issue-relevant publications and reports.
  2. The rigorous methodological training prepares graduates to address global conflict issues using the latest and most effective quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  3. The international experience allows graduates to integrate theory and practice in their analysis of international conflict.
  4. Professional competency in a language other than English prepares students for the successful application of their skills in the global arena.
  5. The pedagogical training specific to the higher education context and their guided teaching experiences offer exceptional preparation for graduates interested in academic careers.
  6. Access to experienced faculty and close working relationships with professors facilitate collaborative research and timely completion of dissertations and the PhD degree.
  7. The diversity on campus (students from 142 countries currently study at KSU) and in the graduate program contributes to a broad understanding of global conflict issues.
  8. The strong links between KSU and the Atlanta metro region and its outstanding resources provide exemplary opportunities for collaboration beyond the campus.