WMU’s PhD program offers candidates the opportunity to carry out research across the maritime field, but with an emphasis on issues related to the International Maritime Organization’s mission of maritime safety, security and environmental protection. Our doctoral program offers unrivaled access to international maritime experts both inside and outside academia, and to organizations working at the forefront of research and development. Doctoral students at WMU come from industry, academia, and the government sector. The program offers a flexible solution during the period of enrollment. Candidates may be based at the University or elsewhere, such as their place of employment.