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School of International Service, PhD

Responsible Conduct of Research Training (RCR)

All research, including dissertations, must conform to the highest ethical and professional standards. Before a student is allowed to defend their prospectus, they must submit certification of successful completion of Responsible Conduct of Research training. This is accomplished through the on-line course developed by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) and can be accessed at Further instructions for completing this training can be found at


Contact Kasey Neil Petri, the PhD Program Coordinator, at 202-885-6582 or

We encourage prospective candidates to visit the University to meet faculty members and current PhD students. To arrange a visit, contact Graduate Admissions at 202-885-1646 or