The Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science is an interdepartmental program at the University of Michigan. It awards a joint PhD degree in Social Work and one of four social science disciplines – Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. It accepted its first students in 1957 and was the first program of its kind. Affording students the opportunity for individualized study with internationally recognized scholars in a wide variety of research domains in social work and social science, the Joint Program in Social Work and Social Science at the University of Michigan is broadly acknowledged as one of the finest interdisciplinary programs in the United States. Alumni of the Joint Doctoral Program have attained leadership positions throughout the world as distinguished educators, researchers, senior administrators, practitioners, analysts and activists. Students who enter the program without and MSW have the opportunity to obtain the MSW degree before candidacy while also pursuing doctoral coursework. All students complete a supervised research internship; coursework and preliminary exams in both social work and their social science; and a dissertation that is joint between social work and social science.
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