PhD in Social Work
- Nationally recognized leaders in every area of social work practice and research
- Supportive, hands-on approach to doctoral education
- Opportunities to collaborate through three world-class centers that address race and social problems, behavioral health practice in community settings, and child welfare
- Four years of funding and health insurance
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.
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).
Some students seek to complement their social work education and training by earning a degree in another discipline or profession.
Read about just a few of our current faculty members who are accepting doctoral students.
Doctoral Student Ambassadors
Learn about some of the work of current PhD students and contact them for more information
Doctoral Program Fair Schedule
Meet with a Pitt Social Work admissions representative at graduate fairs across the country.