Doctoral Program (PhD)

PhD Mission Statement

The PhD program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work equips students with tangible skills to use rigorous scientific methods to develop and disseminate knowledge, teach the next generation of social workers, and serve their communities. Grounded in social work values and related theories, our social-justice oriented students are prepared for leadership roles in conducting high impact interdisciplinary work, educating students, and meeting the changing needs of a global social work landscape.

PhD Program Goals

To develop leading scholars who:

  • influence and define knowledge on social work values and related theories;
  • are well versed in qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, and intervention research;
  • have real-world impact on policies and practices commensurate with the profession’s social justice-orientation; and
  • understand and address the changing needs of a global world.