Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. Program Curriculum

The curriculum leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work combines a core curriculum in social work with outside coursework drawn from related disciplines, and includes thorough training in research methodology and data analysis. The curriculum allows the student reasonable flexibility in tailoring programs of study to his or her special area(s) of interest under the guidance of their advisor and committee.

The curriculum includes 21 credits in the School of Social Work (including 6 teaching credits), 15 credits in research courses, 12-15 credits towards the dissertation, and 9 elective credits in a related discipline. Students complete a minimum of 57-60 hours of coursework beyond their MSW. Please remember that earning the Doctor of Philosophy degree involves considerably more than the completion of credits through coursework. You must also apply the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom towards the dissertation which represents a distinct, higher-level, and culminating effort.

Prerequisite Competencies

Each student should have completed course work or demonstrate competence in research methods. A statistics course is required within the two years prior to admission. If the graduate committee determines the student does not have a sufficient background in certain areas, the committee may prescribe additional course work. Courses taken to meet these prerequisite requirements cannot be used to meet program requirements.

Statistics Course

The prerequisite statistics course should be taken from an accredited university. Online courses are acceptable. It should be geared towards behavioral sciences. It does not need to be a graduate level course. An example of an appropriate class is STAT 311 offered through CSU and CSU Online. Please see the CSU course catalog for details of the course or contact the PhD office if you have questions.

Course Categories and Requirements

The curriculum includes 21 credits in the School of Social Work (including 6 teaching credits), 15 credits in research courses in the School of Education, 12-15 credits toward the dissertation, and 9 elective credits in a related discipline. Students complete a 57-60 hours of coursework beyond their MSW.

Category

Course #

Requirements

Credits

Social Work Courses

SOWK 701

Contemporary Issues in Social Work Education

3

 

SOWK 702

Social Welfare Policy Interpretation and Analysis in the US and Selected Countries

3

 

SOWK 703

Theoretical Analysis of Social Work Practice

3

 

SOWK 704

Theoretical Foundations of Social Work

3

 

SOWK 784

Supervised College Teaching (One undergraduate course, one graduate course)

1-4

 

SOWK 792

Seminar (optional)

1-4

 

SOWK 795

Independent Study

1-18

 

SOWK 799

Dissertation

1-18

Research Courses

EDRM 700

Quantitative Research Methods

3

 

EDRM 704

Qualitative Research Methods

3

 

3 Additional 3 Credit Research Methods Courses*

9

*Additional research courses may be in the School of Education or elsewhere in the University as approved by advisor.

Please note EDRM courses are subject to change, please check with course catalog and advisor.

EDRM 701
EDRM 702
EDRM 703
EDRM 705
EDRM 706
EDRM 707
EDRM 708
EDRM 711
EDRM 792
SOWK 786

Applied Linear Models
Foundations of Educational Research
Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis
Qualitative Data Analysis
Analysis of Relationships
Quantitative Data Collection Methods/Analysis
Narrative Inquiry
Ethnographic Research
Seminar

Elective Courses

Interdisciplinary electives from the following departments: Economics, Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science

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