Program Curriculum

The core curriculum is designed to provide students with expertise in social work education, leadership, research methods, and social work theory. The program requires a minimum of 36-credit hours of graduate study, plus a dissertation. The curriculum consists of twelve 3-credit hour courses with an 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.

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. Students, who devote themselves to following the curriculum as designed, may complete class requirements in two years.

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.

Curriculum Design

Year 1

Empirical Inquiry for Social Work Research
Social Work Practice: Theory Development and Analysis

Theories of Organizations and Leadership in Social Work
Qualitative Inquiry for Social Work Research

Quantitative Research Design for Social Work Research
Seminar in Dissertation Development I

Year 2

Social Policy Analysis and Change
Qualitative Methods and Analysis for Social Work Research

Quantitative Data Analysis for Social Work Research
Social Work Education: Issues and Methods

Seminar in Dissertation Development II
Social Work Teaching Practicum or Elective