Joint MSW/Ph.D. Program at the School of Social Welfare

The joint MSW/Ph.D. program allows qualified students with no MSW to earn both degrees with just 84 credits (instead of the 96 required to earn the degrees separately). Students who complete the program can potentially gain licensure and work in practice settings as well as pursue careers in academia or research.

Program of Study

Required courses for all MSW/Ph.D. students (54 graduate credits, minimum):

SSW 600 Social Welfare Policy and Services (3)
SSW 610 Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3)
SSW 611 Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3)
SSW 620 Micro Practice I (3)
SSW 621 Micro Practice II (3)
SSW 630 Macro Practice I (3)
SSW 631 Macro Practice II (3)
SSW 650 Field Instruction I (3)
SSW 651 Field Instruction II (4)
SSW 752 Field Instruction III (4)
SSW 753 Field Instruction IV (4)
SSW 823 Social Welfare Practice Theory (Proseminar) (3)
SSW 826 Social Welfare Policy (Proseminar) (3)
SSW 862 Social Welfare Research (Proseminar) (3)
SSW 863 Applications of Advanced Methods in Social Welfare Research (Proseminar) (3)
A two-course graduate statistics sequence (6-8)
One advanced course in research methodology (3)
One advanced course in data analysis (3)

Required courses for students in MACRO concentration (12 credits):

SSW 790 Human Service Organizations Within a Changing Environment (3)
SSW 791 Managing Systems in Human Service Organizations (3)
SSW 792 Community Building (3)
One course designated advanced MACRO (3)

Required courses for students in clinical concentration (9 credits):

Three Advanced Clinical Practice courses (9)

Required elective courses for all MSW/Ph.D. students (18-21 credits)

Additional Requirements

Additionally, all students must:

  1. Have a satisfactory record in all course and seminar study;
  2. Complete satisfactorily the research tool requirements;
  3. Complete at least two acceptable substantive courses outside the School of Social Welfare;
  4. Complete satisfactorily the qualifying examination, including a doctoral essay;
  5. Complete satisfactorily the pre-dissertation research requirement;
  6. Submit an acceptable dissertation based on independent research.