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Now accepting applications to the newly revised

Ph.D. program in International Business


The International Business program at GWU is ranked as one of the top 20 programs in International Business by US News and World Report. GWU is also a designated Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) (funded by the U.S. Department of Education), which provides students with resources for research and teaching in the areas of Institutions, the State, and Development in International Business.


Both the GW Business school and the International Business Department recently revised the requirements for the PhD program to enhance and strengthen the quality of the program.  Our goal is to produce well-trained students who wish to obtain academic appointments at top tier schools in their chosen fields. 


In keeping with the multi-disciplinary nature of the field, we offer two tracks: Global Strategy and Global Political Economy. PhD seminars offered by IB Department faculty include courses on Institutions and Development, Global Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation, International Finance, and International Political Economy.  Students pick a track and coursework that corresponds with their research interests.  Students will develop skills and capabilities to perform cutting-edge research in their chosen track.  Programs mixing elements of the tracks are possible, depending on student interests. 


Program highlights include a four year fellowship (with a fifth year conditional on performance), close collaboration with faculty, and the ability to leverage resources across local business schools, think-tanks, The World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and other organizations in D.C., one of the most vibrant intellectual centers of politics and economics in the US.


 The research and expertise of the faculty of the International Business Department spans a broad theoretical base, including economics, political science, finance, management and banking.  The multi-disciplinary perspectives are facilitated by the eclectic expertise of our program faculty.

  • We have a large group of faculty who publish in top journals and university presses, with several faculty co-authoring articles with their PhD students. 
  • Many of our faculty members have been asked to serve on the Editorial Review Boards of several top journals, including the Journal of International Business, Organization Science, the Global Strategy Journal, and the Strategic Management Journal. 
  • Our faculty have a strong record of receiving external grants to support their research.
  • Our faculty have served on the Executive Committees of the organizing committees of major conferences in our field as well as being track chairs for several conferences (including the Academy of Management and the Academy of International Business Annual Meeting).  


We would love to hear from you.  Detailed information about the application process and online applications may be found at the GWU School of Business website:

Kevin Michael Stephenson
Administrative Manager
Department of International Business
Funger Hall 401
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