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Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program is designed for students who are committed to scholarship, research, and teaching that contribute to the knowledge base of the social work profession and foster a just, nurturing, and inclusive society.

Established in 1946, our program is one of the oldest in the United States. It focuses on developing a partnership between faculty and students in order to promote knowledge and skills in theory development and community-based research; in policy analysis, and in teaching social work at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Ph.D. students have the opportunity to be mentored by nationally prominent faculty with expertise in diverse areas of practice, policy, and research.

Graduates of the program include internationally-recognized scholars in diverse areas of study. Our alumni include many deans, directors and faculty members of schools of social work, agency and program directors, and high-level public servants in federal, state, and local government agencies.

More Information

2015 Information session: Tuesday, October 6, 2015; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Peters Hall, room 155. RSVP to Jan Goodno by Friday, October 2.

Campus visits: If you want to meet with SSW faculty and explore the resources of the University of Minnesota, please let us know and we will help make arrangements with the appropriate individuals.

Admissions application process:
612-624-4704 or 1-800-779-8636;

Ph.D. Program:
Associate Professor Elizabeth Lightfoot, Ph.D. program director
612-624-3673 or 1-800-779-8636;

Jan Goodno, assistant to the director of graduate studies
612-624-4258 or 1-800-779-8636;