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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

PhD Program

About the Program

The doctoral program at the Graduate School of Social Work trains master's-level human service professionals to become social work researchers, educators and policy experts.

Founded in 1968, GSSW's PhD program is among the oldest social work doctoral programs in the nation. It enrolls students from all parts of the United States and around the world.

As a doctoral student, you're encouraged to develop a solid understanding of the theories, social interventions and policies that guide research in your substantive area.

The program emphasizes:

  • knowledge development through advanced coursework in theory, policy and research methodology;
  • research competencies through required and elective courses, graduate research assistantships and dissertation research;
  • collaboration with faculty working in diverse, substantive areas including high-risk youth, child welfare, gerontology, mental health, substance abuse and poverty; and
  • teaching skills through a teaching practicum, elective courses and faculty mentoring.