PhD Members Programs

University of Alabama

School of Social Work

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.

University of Alabama
University of Alabama
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Public
  • PhD in Social Work
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Full-time Enrollment Only
  • 3-5 Students
  • No
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • No, but students without Masters degree must apply to joint MSW/Doctoral program
  • 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
  • Disaster Response
  • Family Violence
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • Mental Health
  • Military/Veterans' Issues
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Rural Social Work
  • School Social Work
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Practice

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