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Portland State University

School of Social Work

Since its inception in 1992, the mission of the Ph.D. Program in Social Work and Social Research at Portland State University has been to educate the next generation of scholars, researchers, teachers, and leaders in social work and related fields. Through individualized and interdisciplinary coursework, students are prepared to contribute to scholarly knowledge, conduct ethical, rigorous, and community-engaged research, and teach passionately and effectively in various settings--all with special attention to equity and justice. In Portland Oregon, one of the most progressive and beautiful cities in our nation, students take their core courses at our School, and required elective courses in other colleges, schools, and departments at the university. Our curriculum highlights teaching pedagogy in social work and social science related disciplines using a variety of didactic, interactive, and experiential strategies. Students develop instructional skills teaching in classroom and community settings. Students develop research skills through the many opportunities to work with senior researchers at our nationally recognized research centers including the Regional Research Institute for Human Services, the Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research. Students also engage in research projects working with a wider variety of community and government agencies, programs and leaders.

Portland State University
Portland State University
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Public
  • PhD in Social Work and Social Research
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Full or Part-time Enrollment
  • 9-11 Students
  • No
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • Yes, MSW or Masters degree required
  • No, but preferred
  • Yes

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Adolescent and Youth Development
  • Child Welfare
  • Children & Families
  • Community Practice/Macro Practice
  • Disability
  • Family Violence
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Work/Family/Family Policy

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