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Rutgers University

School of Social Work

The program prepares students for leadership positions as faculty, research scientists, and policy analysts. Rutgers is one of the nation’s outstanding public universities and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) comprised of 62 leading research universities. The program is located in New Brunswick, a dynamic community with easy access to New York and Philadelphia, and offers an array of cultural and learning activities. The PhD program provides supervised research opportunities in areas including child welfare, poverty, violence against women and children, mental health services, addictions, gambling, international development, health, and public health. The SSW PhD faculty have been ranked 3rd nationally in research productivity by Academic Analytics. The program has a dynamic, diverse, and accomplished student body from across the U.S. and the world; strong professional development support including funding for conferences; generous funding packages including research stipends and tuition; teaching opportunities in our BASW and MSW programs; and excellent job placements in academia and research. Our distinguished faculty have expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods, and support dissertations across the range of secondary data analysis, primary data collection, and mixed methods. Our students have success in generating competitive external funding for dissertation research, as well as internal university fellowships.

Rutgers University
Rutgers University
  • New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Public
  • PhD in Social Work
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Full or Part-time Enrollment
  • 6-8 Students
  • Yes
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • No, but MSW or other master's degree preferred
  • No, but preferred
  • Yes

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
  • Disability
  • Family Violence
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Organizations, Management & Administration
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Practice
  • Work/Family/Family Policy

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