Doctoral Curriculum

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During the first two academic years in the program, students are primarily involved in taking the required courses in the four essential areas of study: social welfare, social science theory, research methods, and social policy. These core courses are provided by the doctoral program. A brief description of each area of study follows with a listing of credits awarded and terms offered. All 1st year students are required to take the non-credit Doctoral Seminar. More information on each doctoral course is available in the PhD Student Handbook (PDF).

Required (Core) Courses

Program Requirements

Research Methods (20 total credits)

SWRES 3020 (3credits) Research Methods 1 
SWRES 3029 (3 credits) Inferential/Bivariate Statistics 
SWRES 3021 (4 credits) Multivariate Statistics 
SWRES 3022 (1 credit) Capstone Research Seminar I 
SWRES 3023 (3 credits) Capstone Research Seminar II 
SWRES 3066 (3 credits) Seminar in Social Work Education 
Doctoral Seminar (0 Credits)

Theory (6 total credits)

SWGEN 3044 (3 credits) Social Science Theory I
SWGEN 3053 (3 credits) Social Science Theory II

Policy (6 total credits)

SWWEL 3030 (3 credits) Social Welfare History 
SWWEL 3037 (3 credits) Social Policy Evaluation
One additional policy course (2-3 credits)

Required Electives

Outside of SW advanced methods course, “required elective” (3 credits)

Outside of SW advanced data analysis/statistics course, “required elective” (3 credits)

Inside or Outside of SW advanced Policy Course, “required elective”  (3 credits)

Elective Courses

In addition to the above core course requirements, the student selects five elective courses to pursue more specialized interests. All electives must be at least 2 credit graduate level courses. Elective options available in the program, including the Joint MSW/Ph.D. program, the Joint Public Health Master's/Social Work PhD option and the graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies offer particular advantages but tend to restrict the number of electives open to students. Although some doctoral elective courses are offered within the School of Social Work, students are encouraged to take relevant course work in other schools and departments of the University. Many social welfare-related fields are open: sociology, economics, women's studies, political science, law, urban affairs, public health, bioethics, and others. The student can choose his or her courses from all graduate programs in the University. The student may take no more than two MSW courses for elective credit. All electives must be approved by the student's advisor as contributing to the student's area of specialization.

Grades in Course Work

Students are required to maintain an average grade of 3.00 or better in all course work. If a student receives a grade lower than B- in a required course, the course will have to be repeated. Whether the courses are required or elected, more than one grade of C+ or lower will be the basis for formal Academic Review.

Other Regulations Governing Graduate Study

Students should be aware that policies stated in Regulations Governing Graduate Study.