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PhD Program

Our PhD program prepares scholars and researchers to serve as faculty members in higher education and as leaders in human service organizations and research centers.

What distinguishes us?

  • A proven record of providing students with the knowledge base and skills to develop their own research agenda
  • A community of supportive mentors, distinguished faculty, and peers
  • Opportunities to serve as research assistants on faculty-led research projects
  • Opportunities to teach in our BSW and MSW program
  • Our graduates serve as faculty members in Schools of Social Work across the country and as researchers and leaders in public and private agencies.

We are a vibrant learning community and welcome your inquiries. Classes are held on one day per week and the core coursework is completed in two years, followed by the Dissertation Seminar and independent research with the guidance of your Advisory Committee.

Scott Harding, PhD
Co-Director, Doctoral Program
Nina Rovinelli Heller, PhD
Co-Director, Doctoral Program
Zachs Professor of Social Work

For more information, the dates of Open Houses and Information Sessions, please contact UConn SSW Office of Student and Academic Services or by phone at 959-200-3687.

Nina Rovinelli Heller, PhD

Nina Rovinelli Heller, PhD, Co-Director of the Doctoral Program and Zachs Professor of Social Work