PhD Members Programs

Sacred Heart University

School of Social Work

The PhD in Social Work program is designed to prepare students for social work research, scholarship and education, as well as community-based leadership and service. The PhD promotes students as scholars who serve as stewards of the discipline. 

To meet the need for accessible, affordable doctoral education, the PhD in Social Work is offered as a part time program, delivered almost entirely online. All courses are offered asynchronously in an online platform, supplemented with synchronous meetings scheduled with faculty and peers within each course and throughout the program. On-campus experiences – Orientation (2 days), Summer Residency (1 week annually) and Writer’s Retreat – are included to enhance learning outcomes and support professional socialization. 
The PhD program and its faculty prioritize creating inclusive environments for students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles, and the application of antiracist, integrated frameworks and approaches to social work education, research and practice. Mentorship is an essential aspect of the PhD program, including a mentoring alliance specifically for BIPOC doctoral students. 
Mission Statement 
To graduate social work scholars, educators and change agents committed to anti-racism. We prepare the next generation of social work leaders to dismantle oppressive systems and promote social, political, and racial justice through research, policy and/or multidimensional practice. 

Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart University
  • Fairfield, CT, USA
  • Private (Non-Profit)
  • PhD in Social Work
  • Hybrid
  • Part-time
  • 8
  • No
  • No
  • Yes, MSW required
  • No

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Political Social Work
  • Palliative Care
  • Asian Studies
  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Incarceration
  • Child Welfare

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