PhD in Social Work

Our PhD in Social Work program prepares scholars committed to the pursuit of knowledge that advances the field of social welfare and social work practice.

To best equip students for available tenure track positions and other professional research careers, we designed our curriculum to combine quantitative research courses with theory and methods classes and instruction. Students also gain practical skills by teaching and tutoring in an MSW classroom.

Most of our graduates work as faculty researchers.

 

PhD Curriculum Plans

Students Starting in September 2018 recommended Study Plan. Required courses are in bold.

FIRST YEAR
Fall CR Spring CR Summer CR Requirements Completed

SCWK9951 Survey of Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Science 

3

SCWK9956 The Dialectics of Social & Behavioral Theory

3 Elective 3
  • Research internship for 10 hours/week
  • 17 required credits and a minimum of 3 elective credits completed

SCWK9950 Professional Development Seminar

3

SCWK9960 Regression Analysis for Social and Behavioral Sciences

3      

SCWK9964 Intro to Statistics

3

Elective

3      

SCWK9993 Research Internship

1

SCWK9993 Research Internship

1      
SECOND YEAR
Fall CR Spring CR Summer CR Requirements Completed

SCWK9959 Doctoral Publishable Paper Writing Project

3

SCWK9992 Theories & Methods of Teaching in Professional Education (must be taken with SCWK9991)

3 SCWK9993 Research Internship or SCWK9990 Independent Study 3
  • Research internship for 10 hours/week
  • Publishable paper approved & presented by end of summer
  • Teaching practicum approved during fall semester
  • Total of 26 required credits and minimum 9 elective credits completed

Elective

3

SCWK9991 Doctoral Teaching Practicum (must be taken with SCWK9992)

1      

Elective

3

Elective

0      

SCWK9993 Research Internship

1

SCWK9993 Research Internship

1      
THIRD YEAR
Fall CR Spring CR Summer CR Requirements Completed

SCWK9994 Dissertation Preparation Seminar

3

SCWK9995 Dissertation Direction I

3    
  • Teaching assistantship for 5 hours/week
  • Research internship for 10 hours/week in fall
  • Dissertation committee approved by Dean
  • Dissertation proposal approved & defended
  • Total of 30 required credits and 15 elective credits completed before registering for Dissertation Direction I

Elective (not needed if 5 electives have been taken)

3

Optional: Audit course needed for dissertation

1.5      

SCWK9993 Research Internship

1

 

       
FOURTH YEAR
Fall CR Spring CR Summer CR Requirements Completed

SCWK9996 Dissertation Direction II

3

SCWK9911 Doctoral Continuation

1    
  • Dissertation defended & filed
Our faculty is committed to ensuring that our doctoral students are well prepared to respond to the challenging social problems of our day. We are dedicated to promoting the values of social justice, human dignity, and diversity.
Margaret Lombe, Assistant Dean of the Doctoral Program
Aerial of Boston

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Class Profile

73%

AHANA Students
(African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American)

100%

Of the 2018 graduating class employed as assistant professors or post-docs

9

Countries of citizenship