Professional Ph.D. in International Relations

The Professional PhD in International Relations is the relevant environment for improving your understanding of human interactions and global geopolitical fluctuations. Mentored students will journey ahead in areas such as political science, economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology – and more. The Monarch International Relations program cultivates you into the kind of creative thinker who will develop and contribute fresh knowledge into various spheres of society. You will learn how to develop responses to challenges posed in your region of the world and others around the globe. The Monarch International Relations program is a place for original thinking with respect to the nexus of international business, economics and politics for: corporate directors, managers, government ministers, diplomats and others aiming to form a more responsible global society.

  • Professional Research Orientation
  • Dissertation Based
  • Immediate Entry To The Research Phase of the PhD

Monarch perceives a new kind of business student: one who is an anthropologist focusing on the larger more important questions for society. Discovering more about the ‘why’ provides several bright new PhD options in International Relations. As a PhD IR Candidate you will research with others at Monarch and contribute to new bodies of knowledge across a host of academic domains. You will grow in confidence as you take your own research steps forming you as stronger and more detailed oriented analyst. You will be able to carry-out more in-depth research in your area of study and be able to place that research within broader contexts.
Prof. Cole – Professor of International Relations


Monarch Business School is the first distance-learning business school to achieve triple accreditation by the International Standards Association (9001, 14001, 18001). Monarch Business School is a member of EFMD-The Premiere European Accreditaiton Agency, ACBSP-the Association For Collegiate Business Schools & Programs, CEEMAN-The Central and Eastern European Management Association and ACUNS-The Academic Council of the United Nations System. See our accreditation page.

Program Structure

The program is structured to have the candidate immediately involved in researching their domain of interest. Candidates in this program have completed course work at a Bachelor and Master level and can come from a number of different faculties, including: Business, Economics, Finance, Political Science, History, Geography, Psychology and Anthropology and thus are prepared to enter directly in to the research phase of the PhD. In preparation for this, candidates complete a Critical thinking module, Mixed-Research Skills module as well as Research Skills modules in preparation to design a full research proposal that provides the necessary understanding for the professional research process to come during the dissertation phase. You may download the program schematic here.


The program is broken down into specific modules. The candidates moves through the modules successfully completing the program.

  • Critical Thinking (Link)
  • Mixed Research Methods (Link)
  • Research Skills Module (Link)
  • Research Proposal Module (Link)
  • Dissertation Part A (Link)
  • Dissertation Part B (Link)
  • Defense Preparation (Link)

Program Progression

The program progression focuses on the student immediately entering the research phase of the program as soon as the program is started. This has the Candidate focused on their specific domain of interest within the field of Finance from the outset of the program. At Monarch, the PhD Candidate begins their research without any distraction in repetitive coursework from the lower levels. You may download the program schematic here.

The program has a rolling admission and be started at any time.

  • Standard Duration = 3 Years
  • Candidates may extend the program up to 6 years, extension fees apply at the same rate.
The program is completed online using the Monarch Learning Management System. During the program the Candidate must attend at least one workshop on site at the school in order to design their research. The dissertation must be defended at the school at the end of the program.

Program Open To

  • Graduates from accredited Bachelor & Master programs in Business, Economics, Finance, Political Science, History, Anthropology or related +5 Years Management Experience;
  • Candidates with a Professional designation and +5 years managerial experience may be admitted to the program on the discretion of the Dean.

Tuition is levied on a quarterly basis in advance. All candidates may terminate a program upon 3 months written notice to the administration.

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Aurelia Ravet-Narayan, Doctor of Philosophy in Business ResearchI am a PhD graduate from France. Usually, before entering a PhD program one is asked to provide an academic proposal with the application, even if one doesn’t have any previous academic writing experience. This process can be challenging for a graduate from business or management science. At Monarch, you are guided from the beginning and the school assists you in creating your research proposal. You start the program by learning and understanding what research methodology is all about. Once this learning is integrated, you clarify and delineate the scope of your subject. Then you are equipped to start the research journey. I am very satisfied with the program because it is streamlined. The guidance from supervisors was clear and support from them is provided in a timely manner. You can also count on the support of your fellow students as a spirit of camaraderie reigns at the workshops. The Monarch experience is and will remain a tremendous step in my life.
Dr. Aurelia Ravet-Narayan – Doctor of Philosophy in Governance Graduate


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