Our program accepts both full-time and part-time students. We also offer a joint MSW/PhD option. Our focus is on preparing graduates for roles as researchers and university faculty members in social work or criminal justice. The curriculum emphasizes quantitative and qualitative research methods, theory, the philosophy of science, specialized content in four concentration options (Children and Families, Criminal Justice, Gerontology and Health/Behavioral Health), and development of technical skills in areas such as grant writing and classroom teaching.
Our school includes the departments of social work and criminal justice, and faculty from both participate actively as classroom instructors, research mentors, and dissertation chairs. Recent graduates hold positions as faculty members in top-ten programs and as applied researchers in areas such as violence prevention, epidemiology, and child well- being. One graduate also received the 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Society for Social Work and Research. We provide a generous package of financial assistance to incoming full-time students and have also been successful in helping advanced students compete for dissertation funding. Our program is small and close-knit, and our faculty work hard to involve students in all aspects of their research. Please contact us for more information.