The School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany opens doors to meaningful and exciting career opportunities. The Ph.D. in Social Work prepares students for academic, research, and policy/practice positions in social work and social welfare. Students dive deeply into the theoretical and empirical foundations of social work practice and social welfare policy, and develop competencies in a range of research methods. In partnership with faculty mentors, students strive to promote social change, improve human well-being, and enhance evidence-based services. Students leave prepared to conduct cutting edge social work research, educate future generations of practitioners, and/or hold leadership positions in practice and policy.
The program of study consists of 36 credit hours of course work. Required courses include four proseminars, courses in teaching, writing and qualitative research, two statistics courses, and an advanced data analysis and advanced research course. Two courses must be taken outside the School of Social Welfare, which along with electives and optional internships in teaching, practice, and research, enable students to develop further their own individualized interests. Other requirements include a comprehensive doctoral essay and a dissertation.