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State University of New York at Buffalo

School of Social Work

Our program is founded on the premise that sound, rigorous, and creative research is a vital means of advancing social justice. We eschew prescriptive definitions of social work research, and instead offer our students tremendous latitude in charting an innovative course of study. Our program is wholly interdisciplinary, with students taking the vast majority of courses outside of the SSW. To balance this freedom, we concentrate on providing students a clearly structured program and dedicated mentorship. We seek students who are energized by the wide-open prospects of our interdisciplinary and individualized program and who are undaunted by the corresponding challenges, whether being the only social work student in a classroom, trying out a new analytic method, or translating ideas and theories into a new field.

University at Buffalo, SUNY
University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Public
  • PhD in Social Work
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Full-time Enrollment Only
  • 3-5 Students
  • Yes
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • No, but students without Masters degree must apply to Joint MSW/Doctoral Program
  • No
  • 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
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Military/Veterans' Issues
  • Organizations, Management & Administration
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • School Social Work

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