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PhD in Social Welfare Program

2014 PhD graduates, Nicola Fava and Bincy Wilson, pictured with faculty members, Laina Bay-Cheng, Tom Nochajski and Lisa Butler

We embrace research as a means of social change, and our interdisciplinary PhD program will prepare you for conducting research of consequence.

The following resources will help you learn more about who we are and what we offer:
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View an introductory video about pursuing your PhD by Laina Bay-Cheng, program director

 

In the program, you will:

  • Create an individual, fully interdisciplinary program of coursework and scholarship.
  • Benefit from a small-by-design program that facilitates meaningful connections with peers and mentors.
  • Participate in the intellectual exchanges and scholarly collaborations fostered by UB’s many research centers and institutes and community partnerships.
  • Engage with our diverse, dedicated and growing faculty, with particular expertise in trauma, veterans’ issues, aging, social policy, and refugee and immigrant communities.
  • Access diverse research opportunities, facilities and support through the Buffalo Center for Social Research.
  • Receive stable, generous funding through assistantships and scholarship programs.

 

Presidential and Schomburg Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowships are available for academically outstanding new PhD in Social Welfare students. These awards come with an assistantship and stipend in addition to tuition. View details on our funding page

PhD Funding Overview

Curriculum Overview

Our PhD program is designed for those with an MSW degree. If you do not have an MSW, we offer a dual-degree program leading to the MSW and the PhD in social welfare.

Year Fall Semester
Spring Semester

First

 

Scholarship Proseminar
Proseminar
Research Methods
Advanced Analysis

Scholarship Proseminar
Proseminar
Advanced Analysis
Elective
Second
Scholarship Proseminar
Proseminar
Advanced Analysis
Elective
Research Internship
Elective
Elective
Elective
Research Internship
Third
Comprehensive exams
Dissertation
Comprehensive exams
Dissertation
Fourth
Dissertation Dissertation

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