The program is designed to support the development of scholars of social and economic justice, providing students with the knowledge and skills for advancing social work treatment theory and research and for development and direction of social welfare programs. It provides for two broad research tracks: social planning, policy and administration, and social work practice scholarship within which a more specialized area of individualized study is selected.
The first cohort of students enrolled in 1973 and more than 120 persons have been awarded doctoral degrees since then. Most graduates of the program either teach in colleges and universities or hold positions as agency executives. Smaller numbers are working in research positions, with a very few in direct practice. Students are prepared for leadership in one or more of the following careers:
-Teaching in colleges or universities
- Conducting and directing research
-Administrating large-scale social welfare programs
-Analyzing and advising on social policy
Jane Addams College of Social Work master's program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. In accord with accreditation standards the College engages in a coordinated effort to assess student learning outcomes.