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Philanthropic Studies

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

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(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)



Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University is interdisciplinary, interprofessional, and system wide. The field addresses the history, ethics and means of volun­tary contributions of time and money, voluntary associations, and civil society through various disciplinary and professional lenses.

New courses and degree programs develop rapidly. For up-to-date information, please contact the  Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (

Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy. The School of Social Work also offers the Master of Social Work degree on the New Albany (in process), Bloomington (in process), Indianapolis, IUN/Gary, Fort Wayne, Richmond, and South Bend campuses. For further information on the M.S.W. program, see the School of Social Work Bulletin.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Admission Requirements

All applicants to the Ph.D. program must have a master’s de­gree in social work or a related field of study. Admission to the Ph.D. program is based on evaluations of: (1) the applicant’s professional resume, (2) professional experience beyond the M.S.W. degree, (3) undergraduate and graduate transcripts, (4) three letters of reference, (5) an example of the applicant’s scholarly writing, (6) a 500-word statement of purpose, and (7) Graduate Record Examination General Test scores.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Febru­ary 1 for the following fall semester.. Application information may be obtained  online at

Course Requirements

A total of 90 credit hours, including dissertation and research internship. Up to 30 graduate credit hours may be counted toward the minimum 90 credit hours required for the Ph.D. degree. All courses credited toward the Ph.D. degree must have a minimum grade of B and must receive written approval of the School of Social Work Ph.D. Program Committee and the dean of the University Graduate School. Specific program require­ments include: (1) professional social work component (27 credit hours), (2) specialization component (18 credit hours), (3) research component (27 credit hours), (4) research internship (6 credit hours), (5) dissertation (12 credits). See also the “Requirements for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy” discussed in the first section of this bulletin.

Advisory Committee

All students in the Ph.D. program, with the approval of the program director, will select an advisory committee of three faculty members, one of whom will represent the student’s area of specialization outside the School of Social Work.

Qualifying Examination

Comprehensive; specific focus and scheduling determined by the student’s advisory committee.

Research Proposal

After nomination to candidacy, the student, with the approval of the program director, will select a research committee of no fewer than four faculty members, including an outside member. This committee must approve the proposed dissertation topic.

Final Examination

Oral defense of dissertation.  Two options for the dissertation are offered:  1) a traditional dissertation, and 2) a multiple manuscript option.

Pre-Doctoral Exploratory Option

This option is designed to provide prospective Ph.D. students with an opportunity to explore their interests in research and doctoral education before making formal application to the Ph.D. program. Qualified students are admitted under a “spe­cial student” status (M9) and are permitted to enroll in up to three of the school’s regular Ph.D. foundation courses (9 credit hours) before having to decide whether they intend to apply to the Ph.D. program. If later accepted to the Ph.D. program, credits earned during the pre-doctoral phase will automatically apply toward the Ph.D. degree. Participation in the Pre-Doctor­al Exploratory Option does not guarantee acceptance into the Ph.D. program. Applications for the Pre-Doctoral Exploratory Option should be submitted by May 1 for fall admission and by November 1 for spring admission. All inquiries regarding the pre-doctoral option should be directed to the academic advisor listed above.

Ph.D. Minor in Social Work

Doctoral students wishing to pursue an external minor in social work should contact the Director of the Ph.D. Program who will discuss the requirements and secure an advisor from among the doctoral faculty in the School of Social Work. The minor in social work requires the completion of at least 12 credit hours. Minimal acceptable grades are determined by policies established by the student's major department or school. The choice of courses comprising the minor must be made in consultation with the Ph.D. Program Director and have the approval of the student's identified faculty advisor. The faculty advisor will serve as the representative of the School of Social Work in all examinations and other requirements of the student's Ph.D. Program that pertain to the minor, including certification that the student has met the requirements of the minor. A written qualifying examination is not required by the School of Social Work, but will be administered at the request of the major department.

Students must complete at least two 700-level courses. Remaining course requirements may be taken from among the school's 500 and 600 level courses with the approval of the Director of the MSW Program and the course instructor.

  • S-710 Social Work Theories of Human and Social Behavior
  • S-712 International Social Development in a Global Context
  • S-720 Philosophy of Science and Social Work
  • S-726 Advanced Social Work Research: Qualitative Methods
  • S-727 Advanced Social Work Research: Quantitative Methods
  • S-724 Theory, Practice, and Assessment of Social Work Teaching
  • S-730 Pro-seminar on Social Work Policy
  • S-790 Special Topics in Social Work Practice, Theory and Research

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