The PhD program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work doctoral program aims to prepare students for leadership roles in social work education, research and the community. Students are admitted to the PhD Program on the basis of prior scholarly and professional achievements. Applicants who have been involved in research and who have a record of publications are rated highly for consideration for admission. These admission criteria acknowledge that the PhD in Social Work is a research degree located in a University which emphasizes research excellence for all of its graduate programs. Through scholarship, research, and mastery of substantive areas of study the objectives of the program require student competence in the following:
1) demonstrate substantive knowledge of a field of social work (defined by students’ research interests), which results in the articulation of important empirical questions;
2) conduct social work research using a range of paradigms and methods;
3) conduct research that both informs and advances social work knowledge and performance in areas of direct practice, community intervention, and policy development; and
4) demonstrate a broad understanding of the major practice and policy issues in social welfare and the profession of social work.