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University of Iowa

School of Social Work

Our doctoral program is a small, individualized, and interdisciplinary program. It is a four-year program, however, we also offer a de-accelerated five-year option. Students work with advisors to develop an individualized plan of study. Students select an outside discipline (i.e., sociology, public health, education, or psychology) as their concentrations, with the purpose of exposing students to different fields and broadening their knowledge base. Students take their comprehensive exam, which is a scoping or systematic review in their proposed area, in the summer of the second year. After the exam, they start their dissertations. Given the small size of the program, our students have opportunities to work closely with our faculty. Most co-author at least one paper with our faculty before graduating from the program. Faculty get to know our doctoral students as whole people--we provide individualized and personal support and guidance to all doctoral students. In recent years, our graduate students were able to secure tenure-track positions in regional programs, such as the University of Northern Iowa and St Ambrose University, as well as top-ranked schools of social work such as Columbia and Tulane.

University of Iowa
University of Iowa
  • Iowa City, IA, USA
  • Public
  • PhD in Social Work
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Full or Part-time Enrollment
  • 2 Students
  • No
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • No, MSW not required
  • Yes

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Antiracism
  • Child Welfare
  • Criminal & Civil Legal Systems
  • Family Violence
  • Health
  • Refugees/Immigrants
  • Mental Health
  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Organizations & Communities
  • Social Justice

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