The University of Alabama PhD program prepares leaders in social work scholarship, research, and teaching. The curriculum addresses theory, research methods, and the critical evaluation of social work policies and practice. Students in our PhD program benefit from small class sizes, a supportive learning environment and excellent resources, including three years of full funding. Located less than hour from the Birmingham metro area and surrounded by rural counties, UA’s School of Social Work is the destination for research focusing on: disparities in health, services, and social policies; economic and social barriers;, services to veterans and military families; aging and end of life; child welfare services and policy; and matters of racial and social justice.
The goals of the PhD program are to: (1) Provide a rich, supportive environment that enables a diverse group of students to pursue and attain their academic and professional goals; (2) Prepare social work scholars committed to social justice, advocacy, and the social work profession, and its clients; (3) Equip our students to produce quality research and engaged scholarship that effects meaningful change; (4) Prepare students to translate research for use by relevant stakeholders; (5) Prepare graduates to be successful educators of future social workers.