The school’s doctoral program leads to the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD) degree. A minimum of 90 credit hours are required for graduation. The PhD in social work is a research degree. The doctoral program requires rigorous training in qualitative and quantitative research methods; advanced coursework in social work theory; completion of a cognate area in another discipline; mastery of specialized content areas; and the completion of a PhD dissertation. The program allows for full-time or part-time study.
SW Elective Credits
(up to 23 advanced year MSW or post-MSW certificate credits relevant to the student’s proposed area of research) approved by the director of the doctoral program.
Theory (9 credits)
SW 9210 – Theories for Practice and Research with Individuals, Cr. 3
SW 9220 – Theories for Practice and Research with Groups and Families, Cr. 3
SW 9230 – Theories for Practice and Research with Communities and Organizations: Macro, Cr. 3
Research and Statistics Courses (16 credits)
SW 9100 – Social Statistics and Data Analysis, Cr. 3
SW 9300 – Applied Regression Analysis and Generalized Linear Models, Cr. 3
SW 9400 – Qualitative Research Methods in Social Work, Cr. 3
SW 9410 – Quantitative Research Methods in Social Work, Cr. 3
SW 9420 – Research Practicum, Cr. 3
SW 9430 – Dissertation Seminar, Cr. 1
Cognate Courses (9 credits): Courses other than Social Work that support the candidate’s area of research.
Clinical Scholarship Track: Courses
Instead of a cognate students will take the following courses
Advanced Clinical Social Work Theory (3 credits)
Applied Clinical Social Work Practice I, II (3 credits each term; 6 credits total)
For thosewith less than five years’ postgraduate supervised practice experienceAdvanced Clinical Practicum I, II (2 credits each term; 4 credits total)