PhD Members Programs

Widener University

Center for Social Work Education

Our Ph.D. program in social work will prepare you to be an academic innovator and leader with skills and expertise in scholarly research, teaching, and social work practice and theory. As a part-time, cohort-based program, Widener’s program is designed for experienced working professionals interested in both sharing and extending social work’s professional knowledge base. Our graduates are employed as social work faculty in undergraduate and graduate college and university settings; as administrators in private and public organizations; and as advanced clinical, community, or policy practitioners. At Widener, we emphasize favorable faculty-to-student ratios (class sizes of 6 to 12 students), applied learning, and individualized faculty attention, all of which contribute to timely program completion. Only 6 to 8 students are admitted each year. Students take 2 three-credit-hour courses per semester for 3 semesters (fall, spring, summer) over 3 consecutive years. The program is designed to guide students in fulfilling all dissertation requirements within a 2-year period following the completion of coursework, for a total 5-year program.

Widener University
Widener University
  • Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Private, Non-Profit
  • PhD in Social Work
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Part-time Enrollment Only
  • 6-8 Students
  • No
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • Yes, MSW or other master's degree required
  • No, but preferred
  • Yes

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Adolescent and Youth Development
  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Child Welfare
  • Children & Families
  • Community Practice/Macro Practice
  • Corrections/Criminal Justice/Restorative Justice
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Health
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Military/Veterans' Issues
  • Organizations, Management & Administration
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Practice
  • Work/Family/Family Policy

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