Our PhD program prepares students to be national leaders in social work research and education. Students will 1) Learn applied research skills to address pressing social problems and promote social justice and human rights; 2) Join a community of supportive mentors, distinguished faculty, and peers; 3) Opportunities to teach in the MSW program and to serve as Research Assistants under the guidance of nationally known faculty; and 4) Prepare for faculty positions and research centers across the country.
Core classes are offered on one day per week and students have opportunities to join ongoing faculty research projects and receive teaching mentorship. Our faculty are actively involved in scholarship and research with interests in children and families; international social work; criminal justice; community violence reduction and prevention; mental health, addiction and trauma; Latino studies, human rights, racism and social and economic justice. In Fall 2017, the SSW will be moving to our new downtown Hartford location with increased opportunities for community and agency partnerships and initiatives as well as access to many cultural and artistic venues and activities.