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  School of Social Work 2019-2021 Degree Programs Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)  

Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. program prepares students to assume positions of leadership in the field of social welfare. Graduates contribute to the knowledge base of social work and related fields as faculty, researchers, policy analysts, and executive administrators.

The Ph.D. in social work is conferred by the Rutgers University School of Graduate Studies in conjunction with the School of Social Work. Students complete a 72-credit program including:

  • 36-48 course credits (holders of an M.S.W. degree from an accredited program can transfer 12 credits into the Ph.D. program).
  • research internship
  • written qualifying examination
  • dissertation

The program aims to maximize student choice with regard to dissertation research studies. Students work with their advisers to assemble elective courses, research internships, and mentored research projects that will build a coherent body of knowledge and expertise in the student's chosen area of interest. The distribution of Ph.D. courses includes required, restricted choice electives, and free elective courses.

Universitywide Opportunities

In completing course requirements students have the opportunity to choose from a range of courses in top-ranked departments within the School of Graduate Studies. Research internships may be completed at university research institutes or with social work or social science faculty. Cross-registration may be arranged with Princeton University, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, or Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center.

Informationaboutthe Ph.D. in social work is available at

For more information regarding admission to the Ph.D. degree program, consult the School of Graduate Studies website at

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