Curriculum Description

It is possible for students who devote themselves full-time to the doctoral program to complete all class requirements and the comprehensive examinations within two academic years.  Initial work on the dissertation research proposal usually begins by the end of the second year, but students are encouraged to consider their topic as early as possible.  Subsequent semesters are devoted to dissertation research, followed by a final oral examination in defense of the dissertation.

The course load as described below is a normal course load for any student who plans to complete all candidacy requirements within two academic years.  Students must complete the requirements for candidacy within six years in accordance with University policy.  The course load as described below may vary, particularly when students are serving as teaching assistants or research assistants while enrolled as full-time students. Download the typical program of work here (pdf) or (docx).

Typical Program of Work for Full-time Ph.D. Program (Fall 2013 Entry)

FIRST YEAR – FALL

Theories and Social Work
Data Analysis and Computers I
Research I
Colloquium on Social Work Education and Research

FIRST YEAR – SPRING

Data Analysis and Computers II
Research II: Quantitative Research Methods
Research III: Qualitative Research Methods
Colloquium on Social Work Education and Research

FIRST YEAR – SUMMER

Individually Scheduled Courses (1+)

SECOND YEAR – FALL

Individually Scheduled Courses (2+)
Pedagogy in Social Work

SECOND YEAR – SPRING

Area of Specialization Course (Comp. Exam Prep.)
Individually Scheduled Courses (2+)

SECOND YEAR – SUMMER

Individually Scheduled Courses (1+)

THIRD YEAR – FALL

Dissertation (Reading)

THIRD YEAR – SPRING

Dissertation (Writing)

Individually Scheduled Courses

  • Writing Practicum
  • Required Advanced Research or Statistical Methods Elective
  • Research Practicum or additional advanced research or statistical methods course
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Colloquia, Writing Practicum, and Area of Specialization Course must be taken for credit/no credit.