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 Institute on Gerontology, Center for Human Services Research, and Child Welfare, Drug Abuse, and Intergenerational Risk Center 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.

Instructional Roles for Ph.D. Students

Graduate Student teaching classDoctoral students teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. They also are involved in educational innovations such as the Internships in Aging Program. This program fosters innovations in services to the aging though field practice, which in turn guide educational initiatives. Similar field-based education, research, and service initiatives are being designed in child welfare and public welfare.

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.

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
Telephone: (518) 442-5349