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Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work

Major: SW
Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Unit: GK
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/kent/


Program Information

The Commonwealth's first doctoral program in social work offers the opportunity for academically motivated master's level social workers to continue their studies at the doctoral level.

Application to the Doctoral Program

To apply to the doctoral program in social work send the following materials by December 15 to:

    School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
    Graduate Admissions
    University of Louisville 
    Houchens Bldg., Ste. 105  
    Louisville, KY 40292
  1. Completed Graduate Admissions Application
  2. Application for Admission to the U of L Ph.D. in Social Work Program
  3. Official transcripts from each college/university attended, and documentation of the receipt of a Master's Degree in Social Work, e.g. MSW, MSSW, from a CSWE accredited program or international equivalent.
  4. Official report of GRE scores
  5. Three recommendations (at least two from academicians)
  6. Application fee of $60 (if you have previously submitted a graduate application and/or attended a U of L 'GRADUATE' program the application fee is $30)
  7. A current resume
  8. A sample of scholarly writing
  9. A personal statement of career goals, research interests, and reasons for pursuing doctoral studies (no more than 3 pages).

The admission process involves the following:

  • Review of application materials by the doctoral admissions committee
  • Admission committee interviews with those recommended
  • Recommendation to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies

Doctoral Admission Requirements

Students are expected to hold master’s degrees in Social Work, i.e. MSW, MSSW, from programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), or international equivalents. Two years of full time post-master's experience is advised.

Academic Policies

Four-year policy: Doctoral students are expected to have taken their comprehensive exam by the time they are in the program four years, and complete the program in four additional years.

Data Analysis and Writing Policy: Doctoral students in the Kent School of Social Work may not arrange for anyone to analyze their data or write parts of their dissertations; rather, they should consult with their committee members if assistance is needed. Students may ask professional editors or others to edit their writing for grammar and other canons of writing.



Curriculum


Core Courses

Credit Hours

Cumulative Total Credit Hours

Advanced Research Design & Analysis I

6

6

Advanced Research Design & Analysis II

6

12

Advanced Research Design & Analysis III

3

15

Professional Seminar I

1

16

Professional Seminar II

1

17

Teaching in Social Work

3

20

Theory I: Change Theories in Social Work

3

23

Ethics, Social Work, and Society

3

26

Theory II: Theory Development

3
29

Theory III: Advanced Analysis of Social Welfare Problems

3

32

Advanced Measurement in Social Work Research

3

35

Advanced Qualitative Research

3

38

Research Practicum

3

41

Individualized Studies and Dissertation Hours

 

 

Individualized Studies

9

50

Dissertation

6

56

 

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

The purpose of the comprehensive exam is to provide a format in which students can demonstrate their abilities to apply and integrate the whole of their educational experiences by adequately addressing complex questions pertinent to social work's current and developing knowledge base, and their individual research areas. A student is eligible to take the comprehensive exam upon successful completion of 50 credit hours of core and individualized course work. Students are expected to provide answers that integrate knowledge from all required courses. Following the passage of the comprehensive exam, students are admitted to candidacy status.

Doctoral Dissertation

After admission to candidacy, students proceed to propose, complete, and defend their dissertations. The dissertation must represent independent research and should be based on original research questions or hypotheses. This process includes (a) a concept paper, (b) a formal proposal, and (c) conducting the research and writing the dissertation. Dissertation committees have at least five members, one of whom is from the University of Kentucky.



Departmental Faculty


Anita Barbee, Ph.D.

Professor

Crystal Collins-Camargo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 

Anna C. Faul, Ph.D.
Professor

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Andy Frey, Ph.D.

Professor

Lesley Harris, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Chair of Gerontology 

Karen Kayser, Ph.D.
Professor

Endowed Chair, Social Work Oncology

Thomas R. Lawson, Ph.D.

Professor

Bibhuti K. Sar, Ph.D.
Professor

Director, Ph.D. Program in Social Work

Terry L. Singer, Ph.D.
Professor

Dean

Riaan van Zyl, Ph.D.
Professor
Associate Dean for Research


Contact Information

Social Work - Ph.D.

Bibhuti K. Sar, Ph.D.,Director
Ph.D. Program in Social Work
Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
502- 852-3932 or b.k.sar@louisville.edu
OR
Norma Kyriss, Administrative Associate
Ph.D. Program in Social Work
Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
502-852-3931 or norma.kyriss@louisville.edu
 

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