The PhD Program in Social Work at Indiana University is built around a flexible interdisciplinary model which includes an integrated series of didactic and experiential learning opportunities. While solidly grounded in the profession of social work, students take advantage of the rich learning experiences available in other schools throughout the university which may include some online courses. The mission of our program is to prepare research-oriented scholars and innovative educators and leaders imbued with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to advance health, well-being, and social and economic justice in a diverse world. The PhD Program provides the foundation for a career in research through coursework exploring epistemological, methodological, practical and ethical issues related to the way research is conducted and used in applied settings. Additional courses in theory, policy, and statistics are designed to relate directly to research skills and knowledge-building. The research internship provides an opportunity to participate in various aspects of the research process with an experienced research mentor. Opportunities to gain teaching experience are available to PhD students each semester. All full-time students are offered a financial support package that includes a stipend, tuition and fee remission, health insurance, and travel funding.
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