Careers & Skills

Develop transdisciplinary skills in research design and methods and utilize creative, interdisciplinary approaches to understanding complicated issues facing humanity.

The interdisciplinary PhD Program prepares scholars and analysts to provide intellectual leadership as academics, researchers, or practitioners in nongovernment agencies, media, national governments, think tanks, and the private sector.

Faculty Expertise

Our faculty are active in research, service, and policy analysis and development in the following areas: 

  • conflict resolution and crisis intervention
  • environmental governance and politics
  • gender studies
  • global health
  • human security
  • peace and conflict studies
  • political economy
  • refugee and migration studies
  • sustainability
  • United Nations reform

Faculty profiles

Learning Outcomes

  • a solid theoretical foundation in the concepts of global governance and human security, and in the range of actors, systems, and patterns that compose our increasingly dynamic global system
  • the ability to identify, assess, and address current and emerging human security issues in their geopolitical and governance contexts
  • advanced academic skills in interdisciplinary research methods and design, across a variety of methodologies

Center for Governance and Sustainability

Linking analytical rigor and policy action in environmental, developmental and sustainability governance globally through state-of-the-art research, interactive dialogue, and comprehensive training for innovative leadership.

Director: Maria Ivanova, PhD

Center for Governance and Sustainability website

Center for Peace Democracy and Development

Promoting conflict resolution, democracy, economic development, education building, media development, and legal and judicial reform through partnerships and training programs across the globe.

Executive Director: Darren Kew, PhD

Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development website

Other McCormack Graduate School Research Centers and Institutes

Our nationally and internationally known centers and institutes also provide students with opportunities for jobs, internships, and possible thesis or dissertation data. 

Full list of McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Study Centers and Institutes