PhD Programs

As a PhD student at the Schar School, you can study with eminent scholars in a wide variety of fields and conduct groundbreaking research to help you become a subject matter expert in your field and a key authority who influences public debate. Whether you desire to teach and do research at a university, lead a government or nonprofit organization, or craft innovative public policies and programs, we will prepare you to be the leader and academic you want to be.

The Schar School offers three doctoral programs (each available on a part-time or full-time basis) - a PhD in Biodefense, a PhD in Political Science, and a PhD in Public Policy. To learn more about our programs, visit the below program pages, or contact our Office of Graduate Admissions at or (703) 993-8099.

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Upcoming Virtual Information Sessions

Prospective students are invited to attend one of our upcoming virtual information sessions to learn more about the Schar School PhD programs. Admissions staff will give a brief overview of the three PhD programs, as well as discuss the application process and ways to get started this summer before the application officially opens.

  •  Wednesday, June 7, Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern, Register.
  •  Monday, July 17, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Eastern, Register.
  •  Wednesday, August 23, 6 - 7 p.m. Eastern, Register.
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