Doctoral Program

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

GSIS offers a PhD program to enable qualified applicants to pursue advanced research in the field of International Studies. Proposed projects are strongly encouraged to be part of an interdisciplinary /multidisciplinary nature. Two tracks are offered in the PhD program, International Commerce and International Cooperation.

International Commerce

This program targets young scholars interested in the field of International Commerce. The miraculous development can be largely attributed to its success in international trade. As such, GSIS has particular expertise in trade and FDI as well as specializing in both macro and micro-approaches to aid scholars in conducting cutting-edge research. Possible research topics in International Commerce include Multilateral & Regional Trade Relations, Foreign Direct Investment, Strategic Management, and Electronic Commerce.

International Cooperation

Being the prime example of rapid economic growth and development as well as the world’s first recipient-turned-donor country, the Republic of Korea is a leader of development studies in East Asia. This program targets young scholars interested in cutting-edge research in the field of International Development & Cooperation. From global macro issues to carefully-crafted micro research, the school offers specializations in a number of research fields including International Trade & Development, Multilateral & Regional Cooperation, International Organizations, Sustainable Development, Water & Development, Poverty & Inequality, and Gender.

Academic Requirements

Section Title Credit
CORE Compulsory
Independent Study I
Independent Study II
Thesis Research II


Major Required 1) Advanced Research Methods (IAC 801/2) 3
2) 2 major-related courses among master courses

– Int’l Commerce: Int’l Commerce (IICxxx)
– Int’l Cooperation: Int’l Development & Cooperation (IDCxxx) /Peace & Security (IPSxxx)
(Refer to the Course List)



Major Elective Take 4 Courses in ‘Advanced Seminars’ 12
General Elective 6




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