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Admissions – Ph.D. Program

The Department of Emergency Health Services, in cooperation with the School of Public Policy, is excited to offer a Ph.D. degree in Public Policy with concentrations in Emergency Services. Potential canidates will 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 Health Services. 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.

Applicants are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Admission decisions are based on the match between the program and applicant’s interests, academic record, GRE test results, and recommendations from professors (preferred) or others who can speak to the potential for success in graduate school.

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), 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 Sally Helms (

Deadlines for Formal Admission

Ph.D. – January 15 Deadline ONLY. (for both Fall and Spring admissions)

Admissions Resources

Graduate School Website

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