Our rigorous PhD program prepares researchers, scholars, and educators to advance the field of social welfare and social work practice.
Research training is at the core of our program. Students develop mastery of:
A substantive area, providing the foundation for advanced social work research
Theoretical perspectives that furnish insight about social issues, social welfare, and social work practice
Research that identifies causes, dynamics, and outcomes of social work practice and interventions
Various research methods that enable the students to build and advance knowledge relevant to the field of social work and to excel as researchers and teachers at leading academic and social welfare institutions around the world
Teaching methods that actively engage the next generation of scholars and practitioners in building the social work knowledge base and in identifying effective, evidence-based practice
Communication skills that scholars use to raise awareness of important social issues and to disseminate findings of their own scholarship
PhD students in BCSSW
(African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American)
Of our recent grads over the last five years have secured employment as assistant professors, researchers, or post-doctoral fellows within a year of graduation
Countries of citizenship
The dual degree program is designed for those who do not yet have a Master's of Social Work.
Applicants will be considered for acceptance into the MSW/PhD program in exceptional cases and must possess a master’s degree in a behavioral or social science discipline in addition to considerable work experience.
Well-suited for international graduate students who can acquire an understanding of American social welfare policy and social work practice prior to launching their advanced doctoral studies.
Applicants are fully funded with a doctoral fellowship valued at more than $200,000 over the course of four years.
Alberto Hurtado University in Chile
Boston Children’s Hospital
The Ohio State University
Umeå University, Sweden (2021)
Universidad Loyola del Pacífico
University of Maryland
University of Pittsburgh
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Washington
“We need you now more than ever,” keynote speaker Desmond Upton Patton told the newly minted social workers in their diploma ceremony. “The time for justice is always right now.”
“Your commitment to social work is a resounding declaration to be of use for a better society and to foster the common good,” Dean Gautam N. Yadama told graduates in a diploma ceremony on Sunday.