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Baylor University

Diane R. Garland School of Social Work

Baylor's PhD program is designed to develop leaders and educators who can lead visionary social work education or service programs and conduct original research addressing the complex social issues of our world. The program provides a distinctive focus on the integration of religion and faith with the ethics, values and practices of the social work profession. Its graduates are uniquely prepared to serve in academic research and teaching posts in social work programs and provide leadership in government and private agency contexts around the world. The 10-semester curriculum is taught primarily in a virtual classroom using synchronous, high-definition videoconferencing technology. A new cohort of 5-7 students starts in odd-numbered years only and begins classes in June with a required five-day session on the Baylor campus in Waco, Texas. Students enroll in two classes per semester (summer, fall, spring). Each class meets at a specific time each week during evening hours. Students see and talk with each other as well as the instructor in real time. Classes are conducted much as they would be on campus, except that students are able to be anywhere in the world.

Baylor University
Baylor University
  • Waco, Texas
  • Private, Non-Profit
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Online Program Only
  • Full-time Enrollment Only
  • 6-8 Students
  • Yes
  • Yes, there is no cut-off score
  • No, but MSW or other master's degree preferred
  • No, but preferred
  • No

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Children & Families
  • Community Practice/Macro Practice
  • Disaster Response
  • Health
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • Mental Health
  • Military/Veterans' Issues
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Social Work Practice

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