PhD Members Programs

Boston College

School of Social Work

Boston College School of Social Work is home to a highly productive community of scholars whose research advances the field of social welfare and the practice of social work. We nurture independence and original thinking to that help students craft innovative research and constructive policy agendas for social change. Students develop expertise in: 1) A Substantive Area of Social Work; 2) A Social or Behavioral Science; 3) Research Methods; 4) Teaching Methods; and 5) Communication Skills.

Boston College School of Social Work offers three separate PhD curriculums:

PhD in Social Work: The curriculum plan for the PhD in Social Work is designed to prepare doctoral students with both the training and expertise to be the very best teachers, scholars, and researchers.

MSW/PhD Program in Social Work: The combined MSW/PhD Program curriculum allows students work toward both degrees simultaneously and finish in significantly less time than it takes to pursue each separately.

PhD in Social Welfare: The PhD in Social Welfare provides students from partner universities in Latin America the ability to combine the strengths of the Boston College School of Social Work and those of their home institutions.

Boston College
Boston College
  • Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
  • Private, Non-Profit
  • PhD in Social Work & PhD in Social Welfare
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Full-time Enrollment Only
  • 6-8 Students
  • Yes
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • Yes, MSW or other master's degree required
  • No, but preferred
  • Yes

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Adolescent and Youth Development
  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Child Welfare
  • Children & Families
  • Community Practice/Macro Practice
  • Disability
  • Family Violence
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • Mental Health
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Work/Family/Family Policy

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