The program information below was valid for the fall 2016 term (September 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016). This is the archived version; the most up-to-date program information is available through the current Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.

Fields (areas of research)

  • Conflict and Security
  • Global Environment
  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • Global Political Economy
  • Global Social Governance
  • Multilateral Institutions and Diplomacy
  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Length of program 
    • The expected time to completion is four years.
  • Program type 
    • Doctoral
    • Joint
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Additional program information 
    • The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Global Governance is a joint program between the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU).
    • Applicants to this program apply to either the University of Waterloo or Wilfrid Laurier University, but admissions decisions to the program are made jointly by the Inter-University Program Committee. Successful applicants are assigned a “home” university at which they enrol.
  • Minimum requirements 
    • Students must hold a Master’s degree with a minimum 80% average or equivalent in political science, history, economics, international development studies, international peace studies, globalization studies, environmental studies, or a related field.
    • Experienced professionals in the private or public sectors will be considered for admission, but additional course work may be required.
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
    • Writing sample
  • References 
    • Number of references:  3
    • Type of references: 

      at least 2 academic.

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must complete 6 (0.50 unit weight) courses, including the following 4 mandatory courses: the “core” course component, the “economics” component, the “history” component, and the “research methods” component.
      • Core course component (must be completed in the first term of registration in the program).
        • 1 of the following courses:
          • GGOV 700 Global Governance
          • GV 710 (at WLU)
      • Economics component
        • ECON 637 Economic Analysis and Global Governance
      • History component
        • 1 of the following courses:
          • HIST 605 Global Governance in Historical Perspective
          • GV 720 (at WLU) The History of Global Governance
      • Research Methods component
        • GGOV 701 Research Methods
        • GV 701 (at WLU)
    • Specializing
      • Students must choose to specialize in one of the six fields of the program. To prepare for the comprehensive exam in that field, they must select at least 2 courses from their chosen field. Of these 2, at least 1 course must be a course identified as “core” for that field (marked with an asterisk in the lists below). The 6th course is an elective course.
      • Not all courses are offered each year and more courses may be available. Consult the respective departments at both institutions for information on available courses in any given year. Consult the respective graduate calendars for full course descriptions.
    • If selecting the field of Conflict and Security, students must choose at least 2 courses from among the following offerings at the partner universities:
      • University of Waterloo
        • GGOV 630/PSCI 678/PACS 634 (GV 733 at WLU)*
        • GGOV 631/PSCI 679/PACS 635*
        • GGOV 632/ PSCI 654/PACS 632
        • GGOV 633
        • GGOV 634
        • GGOV 638
        • GGOV 639
        • HIST 604
        • HIST 610
        • HIST 611
        • HIST 632
        • PSCI 636
        • PSCI 681
        • PSCI 687
      • Wilfrid Laurier University
        • HI 610A
        • HI 615A
        • HI 616A
        • HI 696I
        • HI 715
        • IP 631
        • PO 648
    • If selecting the field of Global Environment, students must choose at least 2 courses from among the following offerings at the partner universities:
      • University of Waterloo
        • ERS 675
        • GGOV 620/ERS 604/PSCI 604*
        • GGOV 621/ERS 606/PSCI 606
        • GGOV 622
        • GGOV 628
        • GGOV 629
        • GG 665/PLAN 665
        • GG 668/PLAN 668
      • Wilfrid Laurier University
        • BU 615
        • GG 635
        • GG 660
        • GG 665
        • GG 668
        • GG 673*
        • IP 611
        • IP 612
        • IP 613/GG 664
    • If selecting the field of Global Justice and Human Rights, students must choose at least 2 courses from among the following offerings at the partner universities:
      • University of Waterloo
        • GGOV 640/PSCI 658/PACS 633*
        • GGOV 641* (GV 760 at WLU)
        • GGOV 642/PSCI 639
        • GGOV 643/PSCI 616
        • GGOV 644/SOC 784
        • GGOV 648
        • GGOV 649
        • HIST 603
        • HIST 626
        • HIST 627
        • HIST 635
        • HIST 636
        • PSCI 624
        • PSCI 651
        • PSCI 760
      • Wilfrid Laurier University
        • GV 760*
        • HI 715
        • IP 632
        • PO 644
        • PO 652
        • PO 671
        • PO 692D
    • If selecting the field of Global Political Economy, students must choose at least 2 courses from among the following offerings at the partner universities:
      • University of Waterloo
        • ECON 631
        • ECON 632
        • ECON 635
        • ECON 661
        • ECON 665
        • ERS 606/PSCI 606
        • GGOV 610/PSCI 688/PACS 630*
        • GGOV 611/PSCI 686
        • GGOV 612/PSCI 612/PACS 631
        • GGOV 613/PSCI 613
        • GGOV 614/PSCI 614
        • GGOV 615/PSCI 615
        • GGOV 618
        • GGOV 619
        • HIST 606
        • PSCI 631
        • PSCI 683
        • PSCI 685
        • PSCI 689
      • Wilfrid Laurier University
        • BU 633
        • BU 643
        • BU 701
        • BU 733
        • EC 649
        • IP 622*
        • IP 641
        • PO 640
    • If selecting the field of Global Social Governance, students must choose at least 2 courses from among the following offerings at the partner universities:
      • University of Waterloo
        • GGOV 642*
        • GGOV 614
        • GGOV 615
        • GGOV 621
        • GGOV 643
        • GGOV 661
        • GGOV 662/SOC 781
        • GGOV 663
        • GGOV 668
        • GGOV 669
        • HIST 606
      • Wilfrid Laurier University
        • PO670
        • IP631
    • If selecting the field of Multilateral Institutions and Diplomacy, students must choose at least 2 courses from among the following offerings at the partner universities:
      • University of Waterloo
        • GGOV 650/PSCI 657*
        • GGOV 651/PSCI 617
        • GGOV 652/PSCI 618
        • GGOV 653
        • GGOV 658
        • GGOV 659
        • HIST 632
        • HIST 633
        • HIST 651
        • PSCI 634
        • PSCI 664
      • Wilfrid Laurier University
        • BU 808
        • HI 768
        • PO 641
        • PO 642
        • PO 649
        • PO 670
    • Students entering the PhD program from the University of Waterloo’s Master of Arts (MA) program in Global Governance will have already completed PSCI 610, ECON 637, HIST 605 as well as 3 other courses.
    • To meet formal course requirements for the PhD degree, these students must complete 6 new term courses that meet the following requirements.
      • In preparation for their comprehensive exam in Global Governance, 3 of these courses must be chosen from the following list of key courses.
        • University of Waterloo
          • GGOV 610/PSCI 688
          • GGOV 620/ERS 604/PSCI 604
          • GGOV 621/ERS 606/PSCI 606
          • GGOV 630/PSCI 678
          • GGOV 631/PSCI 679
          • GGOV 640/PSCI 658
          • GGOV 641
          • GGOV 650/PSCI 657
        • Wilfrid Laurier University
          • GG 673
          • GV 750
          • GV 760
          • IP 622
      • Students must include courses from at least two disciplines.
      • Students must choose to specialize in one of the six fields of the program. To prepare for the comprehensive exam in that field, they must select at least 2 of their 6 courses from their chosen field (courses taken to fulfil the requirement above can be counted towards this requirement). Of these 2, at least 1 course must be a course identified as “core” for that field. The courses for each field, and the “core” courses, are listed above. The core course requirements can be waived only if students have already taken all of the core courses for their
        chosen field during their MA studies.
      • After students have met these various requirements, any additional courses required to meet the total of 6 new courses are elective options that can be selected from any of the program’s courses.
    • Students entering the PhD program from Wilfrid Laurier University’s Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) program can count the following parts of the MIPP
      program toward their course requirements in the PhD:
    • If a MIPP graduate has done the Global Governance field, they will be exempt from the program’s core course.
    • If a MIPP graduate has done the International Economic Relations field, they will be exempt from the Economics core component.
    • If a MIPP graduate has completed equivalent courses, they will be exempt from some PhD program requirements, as decided in consultation with the Program Director. To meet their formal course requirements for the PhD degree, these students must complete 6 new term courses that meet the following requirements.
      • At least 3 of the 6 courses must be from the following list:
        • University of Waterloo
          • GGOV 610/PSCI 688
          • GGOV 620/ERS 604/PSCI 604
          • GGOV 621/ERS 606/PSCI 606
          • GGOV 630/PSCI 678
          • GGOV 631/PSCI 679
          • GGOV 640/PSCI 658
          • GGOV 641
          • GGOV 650/PSCI 657
        • Wilfrid Laurier University
          • GG 673
          • GV 750
          • GV 760
          • IP 622
      • Students must include courses from at least two disciplines.
      • Students must choose to specialize in one of the six fields of the program. To prepare for the comprehensive exam in that field, they must select at least 2 of their 6 courses from their chosen field (courses taken to fulfil the requirement above can be counted towards this requirement). Of these 2, at least 1 course must be a course identified as “core” for that field. The courses for each field, and the “core” courses, are listed above. The core course requirements can be waived only if students have already taken all of the core courses for their
        chosen field during their MA studies.
      • After students have met these various requirements, any additional courses required to meet the total of 6 new courses are elective options that can be selected from any of the program’s courses.
    • Students are required to maintain an overall average of 83% in the course phase.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Academic Integrity Workshop
  • PhD Seminar
    • The PhD Seminar requires attendance year long at departmental colloquia, seminars and related presentations, including public lectures at The Centre for International Governance Innovation, The Academic Council on the United Nations System, and area universities. Credit for the PhD Seminar will be assigned by the Program Director on a credit/non-credit basis. The Seminar is designed to provide structured opportunities for meaningful interaction among students, with faculty and with outside researchers and policymakers, as well as to expose incoming PhD students to the range of opportunities for learning in the area of global governance within the Waterloo community.
  • PhD Internship
    • Students may complete a four-to-eight month internship working on global governance issues in the public or private sector, at a research institute, or for a non-governmental organization. The “work-term,” for which no formal credit will be offered, would normally take place during the student’s second year in the PhD program.
  • PhD Comprehensive Examination I and PhD Comprehensive Examination II
    • Students must write comprehensive examinations in two areas within 16 months of starting the program. Normally, students will write comprehensive exams at the end of their first year. The first examination will be on Global Governance and will test the breadth and depth of a student’s comprehension of the leading literature. The Program Director will appoint three core faculty members to set the exam questions and mark this first comprehensive exam. The faculty teaching the program core course during that particular year must be included among these three faculty members.
    • For their second area, students will choose to write a comprehensive examination in one of the five fields of the program. The Program Director, in consultation with the student and the faculty teaching the field core courses, will strike a committee of three faculty members to set the exam questions and to mark the second comprehensive exam. Students can only write an examination in a field if they have completed two courses in that field, one of which must be a “core” course for that field.
  • PhD Thesis
    • Successful completion of comprehensive examinations allows students to progress to the dissertation proposal stage. The student will normally prepare and present a dissertation proposal to a supervisor before the end of the second year. Normally, students will defend their dissertation proposal before a formal dissertation supervisory committee at the start of the third year or earlier. This defence can take place no later than 30 months after a student’s entry into the program. A dissertation supervisory committee, normally composed of a supervisor and two core faculty of the Global Governance program, will be formed by the student with the agreement of the Program Director. The candidate will be required to submit a dissertation proposal to the committee. The committee will meet with the student to discuss the proposal. The student will also be required to present the dissertation proposals at the PhD Seminar. Upon formal approval, the candidate proceeds to the research and writing of the dissertation. Candidates who fail to satisfy this requirement within the established time frame may be asked to leave the program.
    • Normally, students should complete and defend the dissertation within four years of starting the program. When a dissertation is completed to the satisfaction of the supervisor, the thesis will be referred to the other members of the supervisory committee. After all committee members are satisfied with the dissertation, including completion of revisions recommended by the committee, an oral defence will be scheduled. The regulations and procedures at the university where the student is registered will govern both the dissertation and the examination formats and the composition of the dissertation examining committee.
  • Other requirements 
    • Language Requirement: prior to completion of the third year, students whose doctoral dissertation is concerned with a non-English speaking country or region will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the language of that country. To fulfill the requirement, students will need to demonstrate proficiency in the second language, and may do so by completing designated language courses at either the University of Waterloo or Wilfrid Laurier University. Where there are no courses available, the Program Director will determine the time and method of language assessment, in consultation with the student. The language requirement must be met before the doctoral candidate proceeds to the thesis stage.