Ph.D. Admission

A Ph.D. in Social Work from UAlbany's School of Social Welfare prepares you to serve as a policy director for state government, lead a research institute or community-based agency, or enter academia as a professor of social work at any college or university in the world.

Strategically located in New York's Capital Region, UAlbany's School of Social Welfare is nationally renowned for studies on aging, children and families; diversity and minority health disparities; addictions and mental health. Our Ph.D. students have opportunities build interdisciplinary relationships with faculty members from nationally ranked programs such as Criminal Justice, Psychology, Public Affairs, and Sociology.

Students in a graduate seminar classThe Capital region is a pivotal site for policy and practice pilots that can inform services, programs, and laws. Growing partnerships involving the school, state and local agencies, and communities position students to use their studies to be design leaders and facilitators of 21st century practices and policies. International partnerships also involve relevant research and educational initiatives.

Areas of Study and Research

Your Ph.D. studies will help you conceptualize, design, and foster relevant research to address the institutional and practice changes necessary for more effective human and community outcomes. Basic research about human challenges and needs along with intervention research methodologies equip our doctoral students with diverse research methodologies.

Our Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness, Center for Human Services Research, Center for Innovation in Mental Health Research, National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, New York State Social Work Education Consortium and the Center for Additions Research provide additional opportunities for students to engage in basic research and program evaluation. Research studies involve critical research relating to the aging and their caregivers, persons with disabilities, family supports and the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, and problems related to substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence.

Graduate Student teaching class

Application Process

Applications for admissions to all graduate programs at the University at Albany are handled through the Graduate Admissions Office. Step-by-step instructions for preparing your application are available. You can keep track of specific application requirements and deadlines for admission to Ph.D. program on the Graduate Admissions Program Deadlines and Requirements page.

Applicants are able to apply for part-time or full-time student status. 

Please note that GRE scores are required.. Our institution code for the GRE and the TOEFL is 2532.

Additional information on the online application process may be obtained by contacting:

Graduate Admissions Office
University Administration Building, Room 121
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
(518) 442-3980

For further information on the Ph.D. program please contact:

Dr. Nancy Claiborne
Director, Ph.D. Program
E-mail: nclaiborne@albany.edu  
Telephone: (518) 442-5349