fbpx Ph.D. in International Political Economy Program | ARAB AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
Contact information for Technical Support and Student Assistance ... Click here

PhD in International Political Economy


The Political Economy is the science that studies the foundations of the development of communities as it focuses on studying the production, the social relations in production, the class and social status in the production process and its affect on the social and economic forms. This topic also studies the production relation during its development and it clarifies the contradictions in the productions’ relations that create a development to the production pattern. Political economy is known as the law science that controls the economic relations, which are the social relations that develop between the community individuals through the materials and services, and they are the relations that are connected to the production and division of the materialistic stuff and services that fulfill the needs of the human beings necessary for the livelihood of the members of society, their material livelihood and culture.

The PhD in International Political Economy spots light on the interaction between the political and economic powers and gives a deeper understanding on the hierarchies and the power dynamics that control finance and trade, drive globalization and economic nationalism, and affect the distribution of wealth and poverty across and within countries, regions, and the world. This program focuses on supporting the research in the current global political and economic transformations, in addition to the social and political impacts on the local and global levels. The program will train researchers on the new global transformation and so they will be able to participate in the emerging forms of global governance, and be committed to tackling global inequality, which in turn will help in enriching the research in this field.



  • This program aims to instill the applied and theoretical foundations of the relation and the theoretical and practical intersection between the political and economic sciences in the international political economy.
  • Provide students with the ability to understand how the political and economic sciences policies and the global events were formed.
  • Develop the critical thinking of students, especially when analyzing the international impact on the local political and economic decisions.
  • Enable students to suggest policies to solve conflict resolution and complex economic and political challenges.
  • Transfer the results of researches and studies into scientific publications.
  • Develop students’ analytical skills and their capabilities to investigate in the financial and accounting complex cases.
  • Spot light on the legal and professional responsibility and the ethical obligations when solving the financial and accounting issues.
  • Enhance students’ abilities to conduct qualitative and quantitative researches in international political economy.



  1. Analyze the current issues and challenges in the international political economy and suggest alternative solutions.
  2. Develop the ability to create a persuasive written and oral argument about a political or economic strategy. Employ the analytical skills to design and conduct researches about the current cases in international political sciences.
  3. Provide researchers with the analytical tools to understand the joint factors between the local organizations, the international organizations, the economy and the policy makers. Present the current researches and studies in the international political economy. The direct foreign investment, the global trade and the changing dynamics, the financial markets, the regional and international financial policies, the international labor systems and the global development.
  4. Help students to realize the development of the international political economy, and study the basic issues of political economy such as: trade, finance, investment, the foreign aids, the development, globalization and its impact, and migration.


Careers of Graduates

  • University teaching in the academic sector.
  • Specialized research centers in the international economic affairs.
  • Higher positions in the local government.
  • Advisors and policies analysts.
  • Banks and intentional organizations.
  • Researchers in the non-governmental organizations.
  • International economic press.