PhD Members Programs

University of Minnesota

School of Social Work

The PhD Program in the School of Social Work, established in 1946, is one of the oldest in the United States. The University of Minnesota is one of the largest and most comprehensive universities in the United States. It is both a state land-grant university with a strong tradition of education and public service, and a major research institution with scholars of national and international reputation. Its location in an urban setting with a progressive social service milieu makes for an excellent location for social work research. The PhD program helps early career scholars gain the theoretical and methodological skills they need to help understand and develop solutions to pressing social problems. The program, which typically takes 4 to 5 years of full-time study and comes with generous funding packages, provides students opportunities to learn advanced research methods and be mentored by nationally prominent faculty engaged in grant-funded research. Our faculty prides itself on its local, national and international community engagement, and faculty and PhD students are often involved in community-based participatory research, intervention research, policy analysis and international social work research. Graduates of the program include internationally recognized scholars, and many alumni are deans and faculty members of schools of social work internationally.

University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
  • St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Public
  • PhD in Social Work
  • 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, 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
  • Family Violence
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Rural Social Work
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Practice

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