About the PhD Curriculum


The Right Balance of Theory and Research Practice

The curriculum we offer reflects the powerful role research plays in relation to applied social work practice and knowledge building. The course of study consists of 54 graduate credits. Nine core courses (27 credits) provide students with competency in advanced research methods and statistics, and social science theories, while the balance consists of three elective courses (9 credits) in related disciplines, a dissertation preparation seminar (3 credits) and dissertation research (15 credits). The program, which is open only to full-time students, should be completed within three to five years.

As a doctoral student, you will be expected to attain mastery of critical thinking and logic of inquiry skills focused on specific social work research methods, statistical analysis, social welfare history and philosophy, social policy analysis, theories of human behavior and social environment, and social work practice theories.

The PhD Program Curriculum

The PhD program curriculum is comprised of:
- Core curriculum
- Dissertation preparation
- Electives

You can view an example PhD Plan of Study here.