PhD Members Programs

Michigan State University

College of Social Science

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.

Michigan State University
Michigan State University
  • East Lansing, Michigan
  • Public
  • PhD in Social Work
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Full-time Enrollment Only
  • 3-5 Students
  • No
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • Yes, MSW 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
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Rural Social Work
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Practice

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