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MSW/PhD Dual Degree Program

Parker Hall, South Campus, home to the PhD student lab

Our MSW/PhD program prepares you for a career in conducting research of consequence.

Pursuing a PhD in Social Work [14:46 mins]
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View an introductory video about pursuing your PhD by Laina Bay-Cheng, program director

You will first earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in a program rooted in evidence-based practice and trauma-informed and human rights perspectives before moving on to the advanced analysis and research opportunities of the PhD program.

Curriculum Overview

We offer two program tracks:

  • The Advanced Standing Track for students with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW).
  • The Traditional Track for students without a BSW.

Advanced Standing Track

Year Fall Spring
Summer MSW only
2 Advanced Standing Seminars*
1 Elective*
Year 1
MSW and PhD
Trauma and Human Rights*
Advanced Interventions*
Field Placement*
Scholarship Proseminar
Research Methods
Advanced Topics Analysis*
Field Placement*
Professional Development Seminar*
Proseminar
Advanced Analysis
Year 2
MSW and PhD
Scholarship Proseminar
Proseminar
Advanced Analysis
2 Electives*
Research Internship
Scholarship Proseminar
Proseminar
Advanced Analysis
2 Electives
Research Internship
Year 3 Comprehensive exams and Dissertation
Year 4+ Dissertation

* Courses required for the MSW

Traditional Track

Year Fall Spring
Year 1
MSW only
Social Welfare History and Policy*
Theories of Human Behavior*
Scientific Methods*
Interventions I*
Field Placement*
Diversity and Oppression*
Theories of Organizational Behavior*
Evaluation in Social Work*
Interventions II*
Field Placement*
Year 2
MSW and PhD
Trauma and Human Rights*
Advanced Interventions*
Field Placement*
Scholarship Proseminar
Research Methods
2 Advanced Topics Analysis*
Field Placement*
Professional Development Seminar*
> Proseminar
Advanced Analysis
Year 3
PhD only
Scholarship Proseminar
> Proseminar
Advanced Analysis
Elective
Research Internship
Scholarship Proseminar
> Proseminar
Advanced Analysis
Elective
Research Internship
Year 4 Comprehensive exams and Dissertation
Year 5+ Dissertation

* Courses required for the MSW

Schomburg Fellowship Opportunity

Fellowships are available for academically outstanding students who contribute to the diversity of the student body, especially those who can demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage. These awards come with a tuition scholarship and annual stipend. View details on our funding page. 

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