Skip to main content
Boston College School of Social Work
banner for school of social work
Student Profiles

Learn about the research interests, publications, and backgrounds of our doctoral students and recent graduates.

PhD in Social Work

Most graduates of the Boston College School of Social Work doctoral programs work as faculty researchers. The curriculum is designed with a blend of quantitative research courses, combined with theory and methods classes plus a required teaching course. Students also gain practical skills by teaching and tutoring in an MSW classroom. According to the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work, "every year there are more openings for faculty than there are graduates of programs." The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the available tenure track positions and other professional research careers.

Watch a video of the Director of the BCSSW Doctoral Program in Social Welfare, James Lubben, explain his passion to cultivate and nurture students as he prepares them to excel as researchers and teachers in leading academic and social welfare institutions worldwide.