Our program involves 2.5 years of PhD coursework in social work and a focused cognate area (i.e., a cohesive group of electives from outside of social work), followed by the comprehensive exam and dissertation. Students complete the program in 5 years, on average. Upon admission, students are matched with an advisor who shares their substantive research interest; we emphasize mentoring as critical in preparing students to be independent researchers, scholars, and teachers. For all admitted students we offer five years of guaranteed financial support in the form of an assistantship each year, which includes tuition waiver, health insurance, and a generous biweekly stipend. Additional financial assistance is available to support students' professional development, such as: travel to conferences, independent research support, continuing education, or statistical consultation.