Following are the leading universities offering the PhD in International Relations program:

University of St. Andrews (UK)
- The PhD in International Relations is normally studied over three years full-time. It is also possible to take the degree over up to 6 years on a part-time basis.
- The School of International Relations is one of the largest in the United Kingdom, with an established reputation throughout the world for high quality teaching and research. The Quality Assurance Agency rated its teaching 'commendable'.

American University Washington D.C. (US)
- The Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations is designed to prepare graduates for careers in university teaching and research.
- Applicants for the Ph.D. degree must hold an accredited bachelor's or master's degree or its equivalent in a field related to international relations.
- The School of International Service is ranked #8 for Graduate Programs and #11 for Undergraduate Programs in the Foreign Policy Magazine (November 2005).

Tufts University (US)
- The Fletcher School offers a PhD in I.R. program which is appropriate for students proposing an interdisciplinary dissertation topic. Many Fletcher PhD students have previously completed Fletcher's MALD (Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy) degree, while others have received master's degrees from another university.
- The Fletcher School was the first graduate-only school of international affairs in the United States.

McMaster University (Canada)
- McMaster has one of the strongest International Relations PhD programs in Canada. The internationally recognized and award winning Department of Political Science offers exceptional educational programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- The Department's program ranked in the top 4 of Canadian universities (along with University of Toronto, UBC, and York) in a 2007 survey of international relations professors' views on which PhD programs provided the best preparation for an academic career (Source: Lipson et al, 'Divided Discipline' International Journal, Spring 2007, p. 337).

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek