Program Format and Delivery

Note: The program remains online for Fall 2024 cohort admissions

The PhD In Social Work program is designed as a full-time doctoral program. Graduates will be well prepared to assume leadership roles in higher education, research and practice. All students complete a minimum of seven three-credit courses during the two-year residency period. Coursework in the first year introduces students to pedagogy, and to the history of Social Work and epistemology (e.g., positivism/post-positivism, interpretive, critical theory, pragmatism).  In addition, a comprehensive proposal that must be approved by the student’s supervisor before September in year 2 of the PhD program. Once the comprehensive proposal is approved, the student is required to pass the comprehensive paper prior to submitting their dissertation proposal for review.  Normally, students will complete the Comprehensive paper by January 1st in year 2 of their program. The Comprehensive paper is assessed by a faculty advisor and a program reader from the School of Social Work. The comprehensive paper is based on a proposal that must be approved by the student’s Faculty Supervisor. Please refer to the curriculum and courses tab and the student manual for more information. 

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