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
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:
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.
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.
36-48 course credits (holders of an M.S.W. degree from an accredited program can transfer 12 credits
into the Ph.D. program).
Information about the Ph.D. in social work is available at https://socialwork.rutgers.edu/academics/doctor-philosophy-social-work-phd.
For more information regarding admission to the Ph.D. degree program, consult the School of Graduate Studies website at http://gsnb.rutgers.edu.