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
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.
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.
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.