About the Program

The PhD in Social Work program is dedicated to educating graduate social workers who will contribute to the creation, dissemination, application, and evaluation of practice-relevant knowledge. The purpose of doctoral education is to prepare graduates for careers in applied social work research, teaching, and leadership in the field of practice. Organized around a developmentally integrated curriculum that attends to both methodological rigor and issues of social justice, students are prepared to engage in independent research and scholarship that informs social work practice at multiple levels.

Within the broad goal of preparing advanced social work scholars and practitioners, the educational objectives of the doctoral program are to prepare our students to:

  1. Demonstrate the capacity for leadership and advocacy focused on promoting social justice.
  2. Demonstrate expertise in producing independent research that informs social work practice, service delivery, advocacy, and system change.
  3. Conceptualize, critically evaluate, and construct theory to advance social work knowledge, education, and practice.
  4. Integrate the values and ethics of the social work profession in teaching, scholarship, and service.
  5. Demonstrate comprehensive mastery of a substantive area of social work.

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Jennifer Williams

Congratulations to Jennifer Williams for successful defense of her dissertation entitled:Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches: An Exploratory Study of Graduate Social Work Faculty Attitudes.

Revital Goodman

Congratulations to Revital Goodman for successful defense of her dissertation entitled: Childhood Trauma and Emotional Intelligence among Adults Diagnosed with Substance Use Disorders.

Stephen Ferrante

2nd Year Doctoral Student Stephen Ferrante will be presented with the 6th Annual Commitment to Justice Award. Stephen will be honored at the 15th Annual For the Public Good event on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale. Read More

Philip Giarraffa

Doctoral Students Philip Giarraffa and Stephen Ferrante assist the School of Social Work in the receipt of a 2.6 million dollar federal grant to establish Social Work CONNECT: a graduate educational opportunities program that supports disadvantaged students. Read More