The mission of the PhD Social Work Program is to provide a cutting-edge doctoral education for a culturally diverse student population. The program aims to develop scholars and leaders who generate and disseminate social work knowledge, promote a scientific basis for practice, facilitate policy advancement, and advocate for social and economic justice in a global environment. The program is designed for students who are committed to social work values and ethics as well as scholarship, research, and teaching that foster social justice. It prepares students to discover, integrate, apply, communicate, disseminate, and extend knowledge about social work practice and social welfare. A student’s capacity to make significant original contributions to knowledge in a context of freedom of inquiry and expression is emphasized. Nationally prominent faculty with expertise in diverse areas of practice, research, and teaching, mentor students toward this end.
The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work offers a full range of studies, including CSWE accredited Bachelor and Master degreed programs. With approximately 600 students, it emphasizes social justice, social responsibility, and respect for human rights, dignity, and diversity. It is committed to addressing strengths and challenges of an ethnically and culturally diverse population, in an evolving global community.