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Our PhD program addresses a critical need for analysts who can study and assess the multitude of security threats that exist around the world, emphasizing the importance of both a theoretical and policy perspective. This thesis-based degree is focused on interdisciplinary work and is designed to help students interact with military officers, government personnel, security-focused NGOs, and military scholars. With flexible programs, leading scholars in a variety of disciplines, and highly competitive funding packages, we strive to ensure our PhD students achieve success in their strategic studies.
Core Courses: Classics of Strategy, Advanced Analysis of International Relations and Strategic Studies.
Block Week Course: Students will complete Military and Strategic Studies: Questions and Methods in the week preceding their first term.
Additional Courses: May include arctic security, Canadian military studies, U.S. security, ethics and morality, intelligence, and other topics.
Candidacy: Students will complete both oral and written candidacy exams.
Thesis: Students are required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
Banking, Police Service, Government, Military Procurement, Oil and Gas, NATO, Advocacy Groups.
A PhD in military and strategic studies is usually considered a final degree.
Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.
Three core courses and three electives
Four years full-time; six years maximum
A supervisor is required, and must agree to oversee the student's research before admission will be granted
A minimum of 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A completed Master's degree.
A representative piece of written work, normally a master's thesis chapter or major research paper.
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
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