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Colorado State University

School of Social Work

Inspired by its land-grant heritage, Colorado State University (CSU) is a research-intensive university committed to public good through excellence in research, education, and community engagement. The School of Social Work’s Ph.D. program reflects CSU’s land grant mission of excellence by preparing scholars to advance the art and science of Social Work through education, research, and the pursuit of social justice. Our program mission is accomplished by preparing PhD graduates to: 1) empower future social work practitioners through state-of-the-art pedagogical approaches to professional education; 2) engage in compelling, interdisciplinary research that enhances health and well-being across local and global community systems; 3) generate and disseminate knowledge through education and research that transforms professional practice and social policy; and 4) advance social, environmental, and economic justice through professional education, community-engaged scholarship, and transformative leadership in the field. We admit students in small cohorts every other year. Our faculty pursues active research agendas and provides students opportunities to participate in community-engaged, externally-funded research. CSU is located in Fort Collins, an hour north of Denver, which offers outstanding recreational opportunities, a sunny climate, and has been cited by Money Magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the United States.” 

Colorado State University
Colorado State University
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Public
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Partially Online, Partially In Person
  • Full or Part-time Enrollment
  • 3-5 Students
  • No
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • Yes, MSW or other master's degree required
  • No, but preferred
  • No

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Adolescent and Youth Development
  • Child Welfare
  • Children & Families
  • Community Practice/Macro Practice
  • Corrections/Criminal Justice/Restorative Justice
  • Family Violence
  • Health
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • Mental Health
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • School Social Work
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Practice

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