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.

PhD Virtual Open House Sessions:

Learn about the Schar School's PhD programs and interact with the faculty during this online event. Prospective students are invited to attend a virtual open house to learn more about the Schar School of Policy and Government and our doctoral degree programs.

   Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. (Virtual). Register.

   Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. (Virtual). Register.


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