Social Work, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work


school office: 1010 W. Nevada St., Urbana, IL 61801

director of graduate studies: Associate Dean Min Zahn

email:

phone: (217) 244-5246


school website: https://socialwork.illinois.edu/

school faculty: School of Social Work Faculty


overview of school admissions & requirements: School of Social Work


The Ph.D. program is typically a 64 graduate hour program for students who enter with an MSW or other master's degree. The program is interdisciplinary and has a strong research emphasis. The Ph.D. program is organized around five curricular components: (1) seminars in social welfare policy, social work practice theories, and teaching; (2) research methodology and statistics; (3) an interdisciplinary area of study; (4) a qualifying exam; and (5) the dissertation. While the curriculum focuses on issues of relevance to social work and social welfare policy, students select courses not just in the School of Social Work but also from the full range of graduate courses offered, for example: educational psychology, human and community development, sociology, labor and industrial relations, psychology and anthropology. Candidates prepare for teaching, research, policy analysis, and leadership in social services.

SOCW 579Social Work Practice Theories4
SOCW 585National Social Welfare Policy4
SOCW 593Applied Qualitative Research4
SOCW 595Quantitative Research Designs4
SOCW 575Social Work Teaching Seminar4
SOCW 594Individual Research (2 semesters of enrollment required)8
Focus Area (2-3 courses outside of Social Work)12
3 courses in statistics and research methodology, 2-3 from outside of Social Work12
SOCW 599Dissertation Research12
Total Hours 64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD? Yes
Qualifying Exam Required: Yes
Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0
SOCW 579Social Work Practice Theories4
SOCW 585National Social Welfare Policy4
SOCW 593Applied Qualitative Research4
SOCW 595Quantitative Research Designs4
SOCW 575Social Work Teaching Seminar4
SOCW 594Individual Research (2 semesters of enrollment required)8
Focus Area (2-3 courses outside of Social Work)12
3 courses in statistics and research methodology, 2-3 from outside of Social Work12
SOCW 599Dissertation Research12
Total Hours 64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD? Yes
Qualifying Exam Required: Yes
Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0