Program Description

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.

Degree Requirements

The 51-credit curriculum begins with 21 credits of core courses: 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), an integrative seminar (3 credits), teaching methods (3 credits), advanced research or data analysis in the student’s area of interest (3 credits), and theory in the student’s area of interest (3 credits).  Students also take a 3-credit elective.

After completing the integrative seminar, students take a comprehensive examination. The final phase of the program is the completion of 12 hours of doctoral disseration credits.