Board of Regents approves Kennesaw State’s first Ph.D. program

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Doctoral program in International Conflict Management is state’s first; will train global…

Georgia (Mar 10, 2010)Doctoral program in International Conflict Management is state’s first; will train global scholars, decision makers

Kennesaw, Ga. (March 10, 2010) – The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved at its March 10 meeting a Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Conflict Management as Kennesaw State University’s first Ph.D. program. 

 The new interdisciplinary program is the first such doctoral program offered in Georgia and is one of only three in the Southeast.

 The program, which KSU will start offering in fall 2010, is designed to train scholars, teachers and practitioners in the field of international conflict management so they can help shape the way leaders and managers resolve global conflicts.  It will draw on the social sciences and humanities to prepare candidates in the origins and ethical foundation of global conflict, cross-cultural analysis, international relations and international negotiations. 

 “Developing new doctoral programs is one of the university’s top strategic priorities, and this program directly ties to the University System of Georgia’s goal of increasing research and programsthat contribute to a global Georgia,” said Lendley Black, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “Graduates of this program will be well prepared to teach at the university level and conduct research that will contribute to the basic knowledge and approaches needed by those involved in managing global challenges.”

Kennesaw State offers three professional doctorates: the Doctor of Education in Leadership for Learning (Ed.D.); the Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.); and the Doctor of Nursing Science (D.N.S.). However, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is designed to train scholar/teachers whose prime tasks will be to create and disseminate new knowledge in their disciplines.

The decision to develop a program in International Conflict Management as KSU’s first Ph.D. stems from the success of the university’s existingmaster’s programs in Conflict Management and International Policy Management and faculty strengths across related disciplines such as international affairs and political science, public administration, geographic science, sociology, history, psychology, anthropology and foreign languages.

“Given the success of our outstanding master’s degree program in conflict management, it is natural to build on that and create an international Ph.D. program.” said Richard Vengroff, dean of the College Humanities and Social Sciences, which will house the new program. “With the current state of world affairs and global conflicts, the importance of training doctoral-level professional scholars and teachers cannot be over emphasized.”

The university’s newPh.D. in International Conflict Management will require candidates to gain in-depth international experience and to develop competency in several areas, including research methods, high-level proficiency in a second language, diversity training and pedagogy. The curriculum consists of up to 57 credit-hours of core and elective courses in theory and research methods, an internship with an international organization, and a minimum of 10 hours in related studies and international experience. Electives are drawn from several disciplines, including conflict management, international politics and economics, intercultural dynamics, international project management, peace building, peace keeping and reconciliation. 

“This is a very rigorous program that will attract top candidates from universities throughout North America because of the uniqueness of its interdisciplinary approach, solid methodological training and required international experience,” Provost Black said. “I am pleased with the glowing reviews we received from the national and international experts who reviewed our degree proposal.”





Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 22,300 students from 142 countries.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit