All students must complete six courses, including the following four mandatory courses: the global governance core course, an economics component, the history component, and the research seminar. Students are required to maintain an overall average of 80% in the course phase.
Students must choose to specialize in one of the six fields of the program: Global Political Economy, Global Environmental Governance, Conflict and Security, Global Justice and Human Rights, Global Social Governance, and Multilateral Institutions and Diplomacy. To prepare for the comprehensive exam in that field, they must select at least two courses from their chosen field. Of these two, at least one course must be a course identified as “core” for that field (marked with an asterisk in the lists below).
In addition to the six courses described above, students must also participate in the Doctoral Seminar during their first year. The Doctoral Seminar requires attendance yearlong at the International Governance Seminar Series (IGSS – open to all Balsillie School students and faculty) and the Informal Seminar Series (ISS – Balsillie doctoral students only). The seminar may also include specified departmental colloquia, seminars and related presentations, including public lectures at CIGI and elsewhere.
Students are allowed to take two additional courses at no cost. Consult with the program assistant about the required paperwork.