Doctoral Program (PhD)

Our doctoral program offers an interdisciplinary approach, blending social work courses along with your coursework in one or more allied disciplines. Using this approach, you are exposed to diverse research methods while developing substantive expertise in the subject area you select.

You will be paired with an academic advisor based on your academic interests, and your advisor will work closely with you to help you identify your professional focus plan, select relevant coursework, and monitor your progress throughout the program.

As a PhD student, you will conduct research and analyze policies on issues of importance to society, and you will be prepared for university-level teaching and for social work research upon graduation. We work closely with our PhD graduates in pursuing job opportunities.

Program Goals

Our PhD program promotes and develops:

  • Critical thinking and the formulation of constructs, models, and theory
  • Scientific and research methodologies appropriate to social welfare issues and social work practice
  • Critical appraisal, synthesis, and integration of knowledge from a related field which has relevance for policy and practice in social work and/or social welfare
  • Independent research and development of programmatic lines of scientific inquiry
  • Dissemination of knowledge through social welfare leadership, publications, and teaching