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University of Southern California

Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social work prepares doctoral scientists, scholars and educators who are able to produce impactful research that will make a significant contribution to alleviating suffering and increasing the well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations and society as a whole. Our graduates are ready to take on leadership roles within academia and significant research institutes and to tackle the most significant social problems we face in areas such as homelessness, poverty, incarceration, substance abuse, child welfare, racial and ethnic inequalities, mental health, workplace diversity, global health, and youth unemployment. Our PhD program learning objectives are: 1) Mastery of a broad base of knowledge in social work and a specific area of knowledge relevant to their own research interests, including theories and methods of intervention; 2) Mastery of a research methodology and advanced statistics, including quantitative and qualitative methods; 3) Demonstrated ability to make original and significant contribution to the scientific knowledge base in their area of research; 4) Demonstrated ability to engage in a productive research career, including publications, grant writing and conference presentations; and 5) Demonstrated ability to teach and provide a valuable educational experience to students in academic settings.

University of Southern California
University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Private, Non-Profit
  • PhD in Social Work
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Full-time Enrollment Only
  • 6-8 Students
  • Yes
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • No, but MSW or other master's degree required
  • 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
  • Family Violence
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Military/Veterans' Issues
  • Organizations, Management & Administration
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • School Social Work
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Practice
  • Work/Family/Family Policy

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