International Conflict Management


The Ph.D. in International Conflict Management (INCM) at Kennesaw State University (KSU) currently has students from around the world, creating a dynamic, yet intimate, educational environment. INCM is a field that currently has few opportunities for advanced training. This Ph.D. program offers several key elements unavailable in most other doctoral programs in this field to top-quality, advanced graduate students. Each doctoral student, after completing the core courses, is given the flexibility to focus their studies in their desired area. The ability to drive their curriculum in the direction of their dissertation and region allows them to further their expertise in their academic discipline.

The Ph.D. in International Conflict Management (INCM) at Kennesaw State University (KSU) is one of only a few such programs available in North America. Ph.D. students accepted into the program receive broad interdisciplinary training and opportunities that draw on an array of social science and humanities disciplines. Graduates will be able to address problems from a sophisticated knowledge base of substantive and methodological approaches. The core prepares them in key global competencies including: (1) intercultural dynamics of global conflict, (2) economic conflict analysis, (3) international relations, and (4) conflict management theory. Methodological preparation is rigorous, including required and optional courses in quantitative and qualitative methods, research design, and international program and policy analysis and evaluation. The Ph.D. program also requires graduates to obtain significant international experience and competency in a language other than English. 


This program accepts applications for the Fall and Spring semesters.  Fall deadline is February 1; Spring deadline is July 15.

See the list of available start terms and document deadlines here. Please note that completed applications and all required credentials must be submitted by the posted deadline.


  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.   
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended.  Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • A GRE score is not required, but may be submitted; if submitted, the GRE score will be considered alongside the other application materials. Applicants who submit GRE scores are not favored over those who do not.   School code is 5359.
  • Statement of Intent (Can be uploaded into the online application) - Statement of Intent describing the applicant's interest in the study of international conflict management and any relevant experiences and an outline of how the Ph.D. program could further those interests. Applicants are also encouraged to identify a research topic area and are encouraged to list potential faculty mentors. Your statement will be reviewed by the Program Admissions Committee.  (2-3 page maximum)
  • Writing Sample (Can be uploaded into the online application) - Submit a writing sample demonstrating your writing and analytical abilities as they relate to higher education or
    professional experience. This writing sample is preferred in English, however will be
    accepted in another language accompanied by an English translation. There are no length
    requirements, however longer samples (e.g., a senior or master’s thesis) should be
    accompanied by an abstract or executive summary.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) (Can be uploaded into the online application) - Showing the chronological progression of your educational and work experiences including any additional information you deem relevant to support your application.
  • Letters of Recommendation (3) (Can be sent electronically through the online application) - At least two of your three letters of recommendation, should be from referees who can describe in detail your qualifications, motivation and prospects for success in the program.
  • English Language Testing – TOEFL or IELTS test (for International students only)
    TOEFL Minimum score of 88 or IELTS minimum score of 6.5.  


Program Director: Dr. Brandon Lundy
Program Office:  470-578-6127;
Program Website: