Graduate Programs

Two photos - an aerial view of Hurricane Katrina and a flooded neighborhood.

Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management applicants: This program is not currently accepting additional applications for Fall 2022. The Fall 2022 cohort is full. The next cohort will be for Fall 2023 and applications will open Summer 2023.​


Disaster Science and Management: M.S., Ph.D.

UD's disaster science and management (DISA) program offers programs leading to master’s and doctoral degrees. It is an interdisciplinary program that draws faculty from several different units including the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Political Science and International Relations, the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, the School of Nursing and the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment. The program is administered through the Disaster Research Center and the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration. Two graduate degree programs are offered: a master of science (M.S.) and a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.).


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Application Deadlines


FALL (M.S.):

January 15: To be considered for departmental funding

August 15: Final deadline to apply

FALL (Ph.D.):

December 15: Priority consideration for admission

May 1: Final deadline to apply

UD Tuition

The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1028.

All or nearly all doctoral students receive a stipend and full tuition scholarship.

Some financial aid may be available to qualified M.S. students.