The PhD in Social Work program, established in 1986, extends the tradition of educating students skilled in clinical research, scholarship, and teaching with the Jesuit ideals of service to others and commitment to social justice as its foundation. The doctoral program prepares students for leadership roles in diverse practice and academic arenas.
- Study at one of the top graduate schools for social work in the country
- Benefit from experienced, highly respected faculty who are leaders in their field
- Ignatian Fellows for Social Justice in the PhD program
- Complete coursework in two years (followed by dissertation)
The following goals are offered with the understanding that complex social and economic justice issues require advocacy, social action, and/or clinical work with diverse populations and communities.
- The preparation of professionals for scholarship and research in the areas that include but are not limited to, conceptual development, theory building, evaluation of practice, and program evaluation;
- The preparation of professionals for an advanced understanding of multiple research methodologies;
- The preparation of professionals for skills in academic teaching in the content areas of theory, practice, research, and policy;
- The preparation of professionals to understand the evolution and integration of clinical theory as it applies to clinical practice and clinical research;
- The preparation of professionals to understand the evolution and development of models of service delivery within organizations;
- The preparation of professionals to have an advanced understanding of the history of the social work profession and its relevance for policy, practice, and research;
- The preparation of professionals to understand and assume leadership roles with diverse populations and communities.
At the completion of the program, doctoral students in the PhD program should be able to demonstrate the following competencies as a future scholar and practice-informed researcher in the field of social work.
HISTORY AND CURRENT TRENDS
- An advanced understanding of the history and current issues of the social work profession and its relevance for policy, practice, and research;
- An advanced understanding of the social work profession in a context that is increasingly global, multi-cultural, and requiring global-based human rights violations and inequalities be steadfastly tackled.
- Leadership in the profession’s commitment to remedying the growing and profound inequality in the United States with a commitment to policies, practices, and research that remedy those inequalities and their immediate negative effects on vulnerable populations.
- Gain inter-disciplinary collaboration experience with an increased understanding and awareness of the importance of working with other disciplines to alleviate social problems.