Program Requirements

Kai Wei


Students complete a 50 credit curriculum in two years.

  • Research Methods
  • Inferential Statistics
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Social Science Theory 1
  • Social Science Theory 2
  • Social Welfare History
  • Social Policy Evaluation
  • Seminar in Social Work Education
  • Research Capstone 1 and 2
  • Required electives:  Research methods, statistics and policy
  • General electives

Comprehensive Examination

Students take a comprehensive examination after completion of all required and elective courses. The Comprehensive examination is taken in the summer of the second year. For students in the MSW/PhD program, the comprehensive examination is taken in the summer of the 3rd year.

Doctoral Dissertation Procedures

The doctoral dissertation involves:

  • After passing the comprehensive examination, submission and approval of a brief dissertation plan is shared with potential dissertation members.
  • Defense of a dissertation overview: After the Dissertation Chairperson and committee reviews and approves of dissertation overview, composed of the chapters of the dissertation inclusive of an introduction to the problem, literature review, and research design and methods, students are admitted to candidacy
  • At least one year following admission to candidacy, and with approval of the chair, the final dissertation defense is held  

PhD Handbook

PhD Student Handbook (PDF)