PhD Members Programs

University of Michigan

School of Social Work

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. 

University of Michigan
University of Michigan
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Public
  • Joint PhD in Social Work and Social Science
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Full-time Enrollment Only
  • 6-8 Students
  • Yes
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • No, but students without a master's degree must apply to the joint MSW/PhD program
  • No
  • 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
  • Family Violence
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Organizations, Management & Administration
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Rural Social Work
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Practice
  • Work/Family/Family Policy

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