Admissions – Ph.D. Program

The Department of Emergency and Disaster Health Systems, in cooperation with the School of Public Policy, is excited to offer a Ph.D. degree in Public Policy with specializations in Emergency and Disaster Health Systems. Potential candidates apply to the School of Public Policy but will be co-advised and mentored by faculty from the Graduate Program in the Department of Emergency and Disaster Health Systems. The School of Public Policy admits both full and part-time students. Classes are held once a week, at either 4:30 pm or 7:10 pm, allowing students who work full time to enroll in the program. All Emergency and Disaster Health Systems courses are available in both Hybrid and Online formats.

GRE test results are not required. Admission decisions are based on the match between the program and applicant’s interests, academic record, and recommendations from professors (preferred) or others who can speak to the potential for success in graduate school.

(*Please see the Public Policy website for current requirements on GRE)

For the most current Admission information, please see the Public Policy Website.

For English Proficiency test requirements(TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE) please visit Graduate School International Admissions as these requirements are subject to change.

Formal Admission to the Ph.D. Program

  1. Apply Online: create an account, submit your application information and pay the application fee by credit card over a secure Internet connection. If you are a Peace Corps volunteer, McNair Scholar, Meyerhof Scholar, Horizon Participant, UMBC employee, or Accelerated Pathways Program participant, contact us for the application waiver code.
  2. Submit your application form, application fee ($50 USD), 3 letters of recommendation (at least two from academia), statement of goals, official transcripts, and official GRE scores*, TOEFL scores, if applicable, and current resume to the Graduate School.
  3. If you wish to submit a research paper (recommended), send it to the School of Public Policy, to Shelley Morris,

Deadlines for Formal Admission

For up to date detailed Admissions deadlines, please see the School of Public Policy’s website

Admissions Resources

Graduate School Website

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