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Partners in Social Welfare

The BC Social Work Magazine 2013 issue highlights how the International Doctoral Program in Social Welfare will strengthen social work education in Latin American countries.  Read the article »

Support Renewed for Social Welfare PhD Program

Santander Universities renewed its support for the International Doctoral Program in Social Welfare.  Read the news story »

PhD in Social Welfare

The International Doctoral Program in Social Welfare is a unique collaboration between the Boston College School of Social Work and select Jesuit universities in Latin America. This program, generously funded in its initial years by Santander Universities Foundation, aims to cultivate scholars who will further the development of Social Welfare in their home countries through research and teaching. Interested students must first apply to one of the partner universities. Currently Boston College has agreements with two universities in Mexico: Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) in Guadalajara. Boston College has recently signed an agreement with Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile.

In the first year of the program, students remain in their home countries while taking classes at their respective Jesuit university. These students also take classes at the Boston College School of Social Work through an online learning management system. In the second academic year of the program, students are in residence at Boston College. Students then continue to alternate between their home country and Boston College until they complete their dissertation.

In future years, Boston College hopes to partner with other Jesuit universities in other countries.

El Programa Internacional de Doctorado en Bienestar Social es una colaboración única entre la School of Social Work de Boston College y universidades jesuitas selectas en América Latina. Este programa, generosamente financiado en sus primeros años por Santander Universities, busca formar profesionistas para el avance del bienestar social en sus países de origen a través de la investigación y la enseñanza. Los alumnos interesados primero tendrán que solicitar su aceptación en una de las universidades colaboradoras. Actualmente Boston College tiene acuerdos con dos universidades en México, la Universidad Iberoamericana en México D.F. y el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) en Guadalajara. Boston College recientemente ha firmado un acuerdo con la Universidad Alberto Hurtado en Santiago, Chile.

En el primer año del programa, los estudiantes permanecen en su país y toman clases presenciales en sus respectivas universidades jesuitas y en línea de la School of Social Work de Boston College. En el siguiente año escolar, los alumnos están en residencia en Boston College. Los estudiantes siguen alternándose entre sus países de origen y Boston College hasta que terminen su tesis doctoral.

En los próximos años, Boston College espera colaborar con otras universidades jesuitas en otros países.