Global Studies

Global Studies Doctoral Program



1.  Applicants must show official evidence of having earned a baccalaureate degree or its U.S. equivalent from an accredited college or university. Applicants must also show official evidence of having earned a Master’s degree from an accredited program (M.A., M.S., MBA, M.Phil., M. Litt., M.Ed., etc.). Complete and official undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts from all previously attended institutions must be provided. 

2.  If an international transcript does not adequately demonstrate that an applicant has the equivalent of an American bachelor's or master's degree, the applicant must obtain such verification by an independent service such as the Center for Educational Documentation, Boston, MA (617-338-7171). 

3.  All prior degrees must have been earned with a satisfactory scholastic average to demonstrate that the applicant has adequate preparation for the field in which doctoral studies are undertaken. 

4.  Applicants must have achieved satisfactory Verbal and Quantitative scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). In some instances, GMAT or LSAT scores may be substituted. The official score report must be submitted; a photocopy of the examiner’s report is unacceptable.  

5.  Three (3) letters of reference must be provided from individuals familiar with the educational [two letters minimum] and/or professional performance [maximum of one letter] of the applicant. 

6.  Applicants must submit a personal statement which indicates why the applicant wishes to pursue a doctoral degree in Global Studies. An interview may also be requested by the Graduate Admissions Committee.  
    
    Your personal Statement should address the following:
  • Describe your personal, professional and academic background, and what has led you to apply for admission to the UMass Lowell doctoral program in Global Studies at this point in your personal and professional journey. 
  • Describe a global problem or challenge that is of particular interest to you, and why.
  • Indicate which of the 3 tracks you are most interested in, and why.
  • Indicate in your statement (and on the application form) whether you intend to enroll full-time or part-time in this program
7.  A current CV/resume is required. 

8.  International applicant (whose native language is not English and who have not earned a university degree where English was the primary language of instruction) must also provide official test score report of the Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A waiver may be given to candidates who have completed at least two semesters of full-time college/university work in the United States by the date of submission of this application. 


A complete application to the PhD program includes the following materials: 
1. Application form
2. Proof of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
3. Proof of an earned Master’s degree from an accredited program
4. Undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts from all previously attended institutions
5. Official GRE scores (GMAT or LSAT scores may be substituted)
6. Current CV/resume
7. Personal statement
8. Letters (3) of reference from individuals familiar with your educational [two letters minimum] and/or professional performance [maximum of one letter]
9. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores. (Required for international students whose native language is not English and who have not earned a university degree where English was the primary language of instruction.)

Optional, but applicants are strongly encouraged to also submit:
1. Evidence of bilingual or multilingual skills and level of proficiency (oral and written)
2. Evidence of research and reasoning skills
 

Each application will be carefully evaluated by an admissions committee comprised of faculty participating in the Global Studies program. All of the items mentioned above will inform their deliberations – thus, an incomplete application will not be considered.

Deadline and Admissions Decisions 
Decisions for admission into the Ph.D. in Global Studies program are made for the fall semester only. This program has an application deadline; please check the department website for details.  Applications will be reviewed by an admissions committee during the first half of the spring semester. 

Applicants will be notified of the Admissions decision on or around April 1st. 

The faculty committee for the Ph.D. in Global Studies can accept transfer credit for graduate courses from an accredited university with a grade of “B” or better which meet the University policy for graduate transfer credit. Transfer credit can be awarded for up to 21 credit hours from a completed Masters. Transfer credit will only be awarded for courses that are substantially similar to those offered at UMass Lowell and are consistent with UMass Lowell’s Global Studies curriculum. Applicants are required to submit Course Descriptions and Course Syllabi for each course to be considered for transfer credit.

The Ph.D. program in Global Studies offers three areas of concentration to meet the specific research interests of students -  Comparative Cultures, Security and Human Rights, and Socio-Economic Development.  

All students are required to take 6 credits of core coursework, 12 credits of research methods courses, 36 credits of elective courses (a maximum of 21 credits of which can be transferred from a MA/MS degree program with program director approval), 6 credits of international learning experience, and a minimum of 15 dissertation credits. 

Core Courses (6 credits) - REQUIRED
GLS 701 Contemporary Global Studies (3 credits)  
GLS 702 Theoretical Paradigms in Global Studies (3 credits)

Research Methods Courses (12 credits)
GLS 703 Comparative and International Research (3 credits) – REQUIRED
Plus three additional 3-credit research electives (9 credits)
Note: Applicants with a strong research methods background can waive the third required methods course and choose an additional elective course instead with approval of the Global Studies program committee.

The selection of the additional required 3 advanced research methods courses is based on identified interest and needs of the student in consultation with the student’s advisor. A list of available research methods course will be made available to students by the Program Director. Currently, the following courses are offered by departments in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:

07.642 Program Evaluation
07.660 Ethnographic Inquiry
07.704 Qualitative Research Methods
07.705 Survey Research
19.680 Intro to SAS
19.674 Applied Biostatistical Methods
19.689 Advanced Regression Modeling
47.611 Program Evaluation
49.731 Statistics I
49.733 Econometrics I
49.734 Econometrics II
49.735 Cost-Benefit Analysis
CRIM 690 Advanced Regression Analysis
CRIM 691 Advanced Research Design
CRIM 692 Qualitative Research Methods
CRIM 693 Survey Methods
CRIM 695 Program Evaluation Methods
CRIM 790 Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables
CRIM 791 Structural Equation Modeling
CRIM 792 Survival Analysis and Longitudinal Data
CRIM 793 Data Reduction and Factor Analysis


Elective Courses (36 credits)
A minimum of 36 credits of elective coursework is required. 

To meet the requirement for the remaining electives, courses (3 credits each) are chosen from the list provided below. A student’s selection of electives is based on consultation with their faculty advisors. At least 3 courses (9 credits) must be from one of the areas of concentration (Security and Human Rights; Socio-Economic Development; or Comparative Cultures) described below, but students are strongly encouraged to take electives across all three areas. After meeting the methodology course requirement (described above), students can take additional advanced research methods courses as electives. 


Comparative Cultures
This area emphasizes the contributions of the Humanities and Fine Arts to the issues of Global Studies. Specific topics will include the history of globalization, environmental history, and the history of particular regions (e.g., Middle East, Latin America, Southeast Asia); postcolonial literature and world literature; cultural studies, art history, mass and popular culture; film and visual studies, music and community arts, media and communications.

Courses include:
GLS 712 Media and Global Culture
GLS 714 Globalization, Feminism, & Liberalism
GLS 716 Advanced Seminar in Global History, Politics and Theory
GLS 720 Special Topics Seminar in Comparative Cultures **
GLS 710 Directed Study

** Required course for students in this area of concentration


Security and Human Rights
Drawing primarily from the departments of Political Science and Criminal Justice, topics for research and study in this area include major transnational security threats such as terrorism, criminal networks, human trafficking, weapons of mass destruction proliferation, energy security, maritime security, environmental security, and the global trafficking of drugs, small arms and light weapons and other contraband. Study includes the critical importance of political regime legitimacy, criminal justice systems and the rule of law in order to understand how governments and multinational organizations respond to these and other kinds of security threats. 

Courses include:
GLS 660 International Perspectives on Crime and Justice
GLS 661 Comparative Criminal Justice
GLS 662 Global Issues and Human Rights and Justice
GLS 663 Prisons: A Global Perspective on Punishment and Rehabilitation
GLS 664 Weapons of Mass Destruction
GLS 665 Seminar on Global Trafficking and Criminal Networks
GLS 666 Terrorist Networks: Al Qaida and Affiliated Groups
GLS 667 Seminar on Security Studies **
GLS 668 Scientific and Technological Dimensions of National Security
GLS 710 Directed Study
GLS 728 Organizational Theory

** Required course for students in this area of concentration


Socio-Economic Development
This area is designed to enhance understanding of economic and social development around the globe. Globalization is enhanced by international trade, foreign investments, world financial markets, migration movements, and technological transfers. All of these factors affect countries growth potential as well as their income distribution. This leads to changes in their citizens’ health, education, poverty, literacy, environment, and sustainability. 

Courses include:
49.730 Microeconomics
49.733 Econometrics I
49.734 Econometrics II
GLS 653 Globalization, Work and Health
GLS 710 Directed Study
GLS 711 The World of Things: Consumer Culture in Historical Perspective
GLS 715 International Migration 
GLS 717 Development Economics
GLS 718 International Economics **
GLS 719 Human Capital and Employment in a Global Economy
GLS 720 The Role of Government in a Global Economy
GLS 728 Organizational Theory
GLS 730 Microeconomics  
GLS 731 Seminar on Global Environmental Issues 
GLS 732 Seminar on poverty, discrimation and public

** Required course for students in this area of concentration

International Internship & Learning Experience (6 credits)
Toward the end of the second year of the doctoral program, students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to work closely with faculty advisors to design a 3-6 month international experience that further develops their individual focus in preparation for their dissertation research. These international experiences will be connected to UMass Lowell partnerships with international institutions, universities, and organizations. After receiving approval for their international experience plan from their faculty advisor and the Global Studies Program Director, students will register for GLS 706 International Experience (6 credits).


Alternative Option to International Internship & Learning Experience (one required course and one additional elective – total 6 credits)
 Rather than complete an international internship and learning experience, students can opt to enroll in GLS 705 (3 credits) and one additional elective. In GLS 705, students will first identify an international organization based in New England that is engaged in research projects or other activities that align with the student’s area of research. Students will then interview key leaders of this organization about specific challenges they face, and potential solutions to these problems. A report based on this research will be due before the end of the semester. The additional elective taken by the student should show a demonstrated link to the focus of the student’s dissertation research. Students will work with their doctoral advisor to identify and select the most relevant course to meet this requirement.

Following the accumulation of at least 27 credits at the doctoral level (i.e., credits transferred from a Master’s program do not count), students will register to take their comprehensive doctoral exam, which must be passed prior to students’ enrollment in dissertation credits. It will be administered in two parts: one on core courses and research methodologies, and the other focused on the student’s chosen area of concentration (Security and Human Rights; Socio-Economic Development; or Comparative Cultures). Students will be given access to a computer (with no internet connection, notes, etc.) and will have three hours to answer each part of the exam. A two-hour break will be provided between part 1 and part 2. Altogether, the exam and breaks will last 8 hours.

The qualifying exam will be offered in October and February of each year. Students wishing to take the qualifying exam must announce their intent to sit by the deadline set in the semester prior to the examination on the form provided by the Program.

International Experience and Dissertation
Upon successfully passing the Comprehensive Qualifying Exam, a student can begin his/her dissertation research. The major requirements remaining at this stage are: (1) an international learning experience (or alternative option), (2) successful oral defense of a dissertation proposal; and (3) successful oral defense of a complete dissertation and submission of the final written document. I

The minimum number of dissertation credits is 15. During each semester of the dissertation stage, students will register for 1, 3, 6, or 9 credits of direct supervision (GLS 753/756/759 Dissertation Supervision) with their dissertation advisor. Students must successfully pass oral defenses of both the dissertation proposal and of the completed dissertation.