Program Curriculum

The core curriculum is designed to provide students with expertise in conducting independent research, social work theory development, organizational leadership, and the dissemination of social work knowledge in the form of scholarship and social work education methods. The program requires a minimum of 37-credit hours of class-based graduate study, plus a dissertation. The curriculum consists of eleven 3-credit hour courses, one 4-credit hour course, and a 3-credit hour elective option. The 3-credit hour elective option allows students to choose an extended learning opportunity outside the School of Social Work in an area of individual interest and expertise. Upon completion of class-based courses, students are required to enroll in a 2-credit hour continuous matriculation course (SW 799) each semester until the completion of all degree requirements.

Part-time Program

This year-round doctoral program is designed for the working professional. Part-time students must be enrolled in at least 6 hours of course work each semester. Two courses are offered each semester (fall, spring, and summer). A semester consists of fourteen (14) weeks. Three hour classes are held in the afternoon and evening on the same day each week. Students are expected to complete the required coursework over a two-year period. Students are expected to complete all requirements and successfully defend their dissertation within five years from the start of program matriculation.

Curriculum Design

Total minimum credits = 39

Year 1

Fall
SW 719 Social Work Practice: Theory Development and Analysis (3 credits)
SW 725 Empirical Inquiry for Social Work Research (3 credits)

Spring
SW 737 – Social Policy Analysis and Change (3 credits)
SW 743 Quantitative Research Design for Social Work Research (3 credits)

Summer
SW 745 Qualitative Data Analysis for Social Work Research
SW 729 -Theories of Organizations and Leadership in Social Work (3 credits)

Year 2

Fall
SW 733 – Qualitative Inquiry for Social Work Research (3 credits)
SW 735 – Seminar in Dissertation Development I (3 credits)

Spring
SW 745 – Qualitative Data Analysis for Social Work Research (3 credits)
SW 753 – Social Work Education Issues and Methods (4 credits)

Summer
SW 771 – Seminar in Dissertation Development II (3 credits)

Choice of one of the following:

  1. Elective external to SSW (3 credits)
  2. SW 780 – Social Work Research Practicum (3 credits)
  3. SW 700/ST – Administrative Leadership Practicum (3 credits)

YEAR 3

Fall
SW 799 – Continuous Matriculation (2 credits)

Spring
SW 799 – Continuous Matriculation (2 credits) if needed

Summer to year 5
SW 799 – Continuous Matriculation (2 credits) if needed