Social Welfare Joint M.S.W./Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare

The joint M.S.W./Ph.D. program permits exceptionally qualified students "with a high level of demonstrated academic competence, leadership potential, and a strong interest in scholarship in social welfare research" to reduce the 96 serial credits required for the M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs in Social Welfare to 87 credits.

Program of Study (87 credits)

1. Core Courses - Required courses for all M.S.W./Ph.D. students (54 graduate credits, minimum):


  • Ssw 600 Social Welfare Policy Practice (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)
  • Ssw 679 Statistics and Data Analysis I with Lab (3)
  • Ssw 687 Statistics and Data Analysis II with Lab (3)


2. Concentration Courses (9 - 12 credits depending on concentration):

MACRO Concentration -12 credits required:


  • 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 MACRO elective as advised (3)


Clinical Concentration - 9 credits required consisting of three Advanced Clinical Practice courses

3. Doctoral Courses - 15 credits required:


  • One Advanced Research course (3)
  • One Advanced Data Analytics course (3)
  • Ssw 831 Social Work Teaching and Pedagogy (3)
  • Ssw 865 Qualitative Social Work Research (3)
  • Ssw 866 Preparation for Scholarly Writing in Social Work (3)


4. Supporting and Elective Courses (6-9 credits): Appropriate courses totaling at least 6 - 9 graduate credits, depending on concentration, to complete the master’s concentration and to develop the doctoral social welfare problem and practice intervention area of study.

Additional Requirements

Additionally, all students must:

1. Have a satisfactory record in all course and seminar study;
2. Complete satisfactorily the Language or Computer Proficiency requirement;
3. Complete satisfactorily the Doctoral Comprehensive Essay;
4. Submit an acceptable dissertation based on independent research; and
5. Complete at least two acceptable substantive courses outside of the School of Social

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If you have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of your intended academic program.

This program is approved for licensure or certification in New York State and the institution has not made a determination regarding the educational requirements for any other state.