Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program with a concentration in Crisis, Emergency, and Risk Management

The doctoral program is designed to provide interdisciplinary graduate education for persons engaged in or seeking professional careers in crisis, disaster, emergency, and risk management in the public, private, and not for profit sectors. It prepares the student for a career of creative scholarship by providing a broad but balanced background of knowledge and guidance in the performance of research. The program is divided into two stages. The first comprises a study of related fields of learning that support the general area of research concentration and culminates in the qualifying examination. The second, composed of original research and the presentation of findings in a written dissertation, culminates in the final examination.

Entrance Requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program requires an appropriate earned bachelor's or master's degree from a recognized institution, evidence of a strong academic or relevant professional background, course work designated by the department as pertinent to the field to be studied, and capacity for research.

All applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination general test, except applicants from SEAS M.S. programs. Most successful applicants have scores higher than 770 on the quantitative section of the GRE. Students whose highest earned degree is a bachelor's degree must present a grade-point average of at least 3.3 on a scale of 4.0 in undergraduate work. For Students whose highest earned degree is a master's degree, departmental requirements for the grade-point average in course work leading to that degree is 3.5. For field-specific admission requirements please visit the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering website.

For information on admission and program requirements please consult The George Washington University Bulletin for Graduate Programs.