Doctoral Degree in Social Work (PhD)

The University of Pittsburgh's social work doctoral program is among the oldest and most-respected in the United States. Our full time program is highly competitive, and we accept 6-8 students each year. Students are fully funded with tuition and stipend support for four years of study. Tuition support includes health insurance, and our wonderful Social Work Library is part of Pitt's world-class University Library System.

The doctoral program is open to applicants who have demonstrated intellectual capacity, critical thinking skills, and potential for research and scholarship.

Admission to the program is for the fall term only and the deadline for the application is December 15. To apply to the program, please access our online application. Log into your online application frequently to monitor your progress.

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PhD Qualifications

Persons seeking admission to the PhD Program must demonstrate the potential for doctoral studies. 

PhD Financial Support

Doctoral students are supported in years 1 and 2 by research-based Graduate Student Assistantships (GSAs), and in years 3 and 4 by Teaching Assistantships (TAs). 

Dual/Joint/Cooperative Degrees

Some students seek to complement their social work education and training by earning a degree in another discipline or profession.