PhD Members Programs

Boston University

School of Social Work

The aim of the Ph.D. program in Social Work at Boston University is to prepare the next generation of social work and social welfare scholars and leaders to address the complex social challenges of the 21st century. Building upon the School’s robust commitment to social justice and empowerment of historically marginalized and vulnerable populations, the program provides rigorous training in the theory, methods, and values of the social work profession. The program significantly broadens the reach and impact of our graduates through an emphasis on research methods and interdisciplinary linkages to other social and behavioral sciences. The program includes a 63-credit plan with coursework to be completed in four semesters (two years) of full time study. To promote significant development of student competency, the Program will require 16 credit hours in core social work courses, 27 credit hours in research methods courses including focus on both quantitative and qualitative approaches, 8 credit hours in teaching methods and training, and 12 elective credit hours in an interdisciplinary specialization of the student’s choosing. In support of 5-years of graduate study, Boston University offers a generous funding package which, in addition to a stipend, includes a scholarship covering tuition and fees. 

Boston University
Boston University
  • Boston, Massachusettes
  • Private, Non-Profit
  • PhD in Social Work
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Full-time Enrollment Only
  • 3-5 Students
  • No
  • Yes, there is no cut-off score
  • Yes, MSW or other master's degree required
  • No
  • No

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Adolescent and Youth Development
  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Child Welfare
  • Children & Families
  • Community Practice/Macro Practice
  • Corrections/Criminal Justice/Restorative Justice
  • Family Violence
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Military/Veterans' Issues
  • Organizations, Management & Administration
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Education
  • Work/Family/Family Policy

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