PHD Social Work Curriculum

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Newly admitted students are oriented to foundational concepts, doctoral education, and the doctoral program through a weekly seminar during July and early August before beginning full-time coursework in the fall.


Typical Full-time curriculum (subject to change)

Summer – 1st Year 

Foundations of Social Work Doctoral Education 


 Fall Semester 1st year                                                            

CourseCredit Hours
SW755 Theory I: Philosophy of Science, Theory & Ethics3
SW772 Advanced Qualitative Research I – Design & Data Collection  3
SW769 Advanced Research Design and Analysis (ARDA I) 6


Spring Semester 1st year 

CourseCredit Hours
SW757 Theory II: Analysis of Social Problems, Policy & Practice3
SW782 Advanced Qualitative Research II – Data Analysis & Reporting3
SW770 Advanced Research Design and Analysis (ARDA II)  6


Summer 2nd Year

CourseCredit Hours
SW797 Independent Study6


Fall Semester 2nd year

CourseCredit Hours
SW759 Theory III: Conceptual & Theoretical Model Development 3
SW771 Advanced Research Design and Analysis (ARDA III) 3
SW797 Independent Study 3
SW756 Pro Seminar I 1


Spring Semester 2nd year

CourseCredit Hours
SW764 Teaching in Social Work3
SW773 Measurement & Theoretical Model Testing 3
SW762 Research Practicum  3
SW758 Pro Seminar II 1


Summer 3rd year

CourseCredit Hours
SW799 Comprehensive Exam (Dissertation hours) 6


Fall  3rd year

Begin Doctoral Candidacy


Typical Full-time Curriculum   (56 credit hours)

** Program Course Descriptions and Sample Curriculum Schedule

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