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
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
Rev. Gregory Groover, Sr. advised graduates to heed these nuggets of wisdom in BCSSW’s diploma ceremony, telling them to use their training to serve the common good.
Faculty and administrators at the University said the awards exemplify the strength of BC’s social work program and the tenacity of its doctoral scholars.
This question is driving J.C. Hodges’ doctoral dissertation, which is being supported by a three-year, $97,381 fellowship from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.