Social Welfare, PhD

The PhD in Social Welfare program develops leaders in academia and research. We foster scholarly energy, collaboration, and creativity and offer a confluence of diverse philosophies and approaches to social work, social welfare research, social policy, social theory, and social justice.

View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.

Required Courses

A minimum of 20 course units are required.

Core Requirements
SWRK 668Economics for Social Policy
SWRK 803History and Philosophy of Social Welfare
SWRK 811Social Theory
SWRK 852Social Work Research
SWRK 855Advanced Research Methods
SWRK 861Policy Analysis
MSSP 630Quantitative Reasoning/Social Statistics
MSSP 897Applied Linear Modeling
SWRK 901Proseminar (at least four semesters)
Additional Courses 1
Select one advanced methodologies course
Select one theory class
Select four electives

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Transfer CreditCourse Units
Four course units of transfer credit 1 4
 Course Units4.00
First Year
SWRK 803 History and Philosophy of Social Welfare 1
SWRK 852 Social Work Research 1
SWRK 901 Proseminar 0.5
MSSP 630 Quantitative Reasoning/Social Statistics 1
 Course Units3.50
SWRK 811 Social Theory 1
SWRK 855 Advanced Research Methods 1
SWRK 901 Proseminar 0.5
MSSP 897 Applied Linear Modeling 1
Elective 2 1
 Course Units4.50
Second Year
SWRK 968 Social Welfare Economics 1
SWRK 901 Proseminar 0.5
Theory Course or Elective 1
Select two electives 2
 Course Units4.50
SWRK 861 Policy Analysis 1
SWRK 901 Proseminar 0.5
Theory Course or Elective 1
Elective 1
 Course Units3.50
 Total Course Units20.00