Graduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Ph.D. in Social Work

Five major curriculum components comprise the structure of the Ph.D. program. These components are designed-both individually and as a strategically integrated course of study-to challenge and extend the knowledge and skills of doctoral students to the highest level.

  • Core Social Work Courses: exploration and critical assessment of current knowledge and values
  • External Minor: intensive and focused study through an academic discipline other than social work
  • Research Courses: designed to build a mastery of quantitative and qualitative methods, measurement, and statistics
  • Research Internship: investigation of viable research questions, typically tied to an on-going faculty research project
  • Dissertation: the design, implementation and completion of an independent empirical study that extends the knowledge base of the social work profession
Master of Social Work

The MSW program prepares graduates for:

  • Providing counseling and support to individuals, families, groups and communities.
  • Helping people with serious problems, such as those confronted with violence, financial hardship, social or emotional problems, substance abuse, legal matters, or health and disability challenges.
  • Making connections with community resources and services.
  • Conducting research, advocating for improved services, planning and policy development, or managing organizations.