Ph.D. Admission to the School of Social Welfare

We welcome your interest in our School and in our doctoral program. Our doctoral program is prized for a number of reasons. Core courses and electives allow students to tailor much of their work to their own research, policy, and practice interests. Students in the program represent leading colleagues from state government, research institutes, and community- based agencies in the U.S. and around the world. Course work and research studies are undertaken with our top-ranked faculty whose scholarship and productivity are nationally recognized, year after year. Interdisciplinary collaboration is fostered. Our Ph.D. students have opportunities to work with faculty in nationally ranked programs such as Criminal Justice, Psychology, Public Affairs, and Sociology.

The 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.

Complex challenges affecting diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities require complex systems and front-line practice change. Your doctoral 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. The Institute and Centers are part of a network of cutting-edge research programs in the University fostering interdisciplinary research opportunities. The University at Albany is a major research university generating extensive funding through external grants.

Research opportunities are complemented by instructional and educational roles for doctoral students in our school-community. Doctoral 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.

Our doctoral students are an integral part of our school-community. As colleagues, they become richly embedded in the diverse programs, partnerships, research collaboratives, and educational and interprofessional programs of the school. Our doctoral graduates are in great demand as faculty, researchers, policy, and practice leaders.

We hope that the opportunity to study in a vibrant school, University and capital region interests you. If so, we welcome your inquiry about our program, school, University, and the unique opportunities that may reinforce your scholarly and high-impact career goals.

We welcome your inquiry about our School. You may download application forms (requires Adobe Acrobat reader ) or apply online. In using the forms, please note that GREs are required as a part of the application. Our institution code for the GRE and the TOEFL is 2532. You can also request forms by calling or writing:

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

For further information please contact:
Dr. Barry Loneck
Chair, Ph.D. Program
Telephone: (518) 442-5340

Our main web page address is .