The mission of the School of Social Work’s Doctor of Philosophy program is to prepare graduates to conduct interdisciplinary research and become exemplary social work scholars and educators.Approximately two-thirds of our graduates obtain academic positions and one-third obtains research and administrative positions.
MSW Degree and GRE exam scores no more than 5 years old.
The 53-credit curriculum begins with 23 credits of core courses: research seminar (2 credits); quantitative and qualitative research design and methods (9 credits); data analysis and statistics (6 credits); and research practicum (6 credits). Additional required courses include intervention research (3 credits), theory and philosophy of teaching (3 credits), an integrative seminar (3 credits), an advanced research or data analysis course in the student's area of interest (3 credits), and a theory course in the student's area of interest (3 credits). Students also take an elective (3 credits) and complete at least 12 credits of dissertation research.
After completing the required courses, students complete a comprehensive examination and defend a dissertation proposal. The final phase of the program is completion of the doctoral dissertation.
All of our full-time students are supported with graduate research assistantships that provide a stipend, tuition remission, and health insurance. We also support students who wish to apply for external funding: our students have received funding from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellows Program, the National Institute of Justice, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Children’s Bureau, as well as other grant and scholarship organizations.
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