Doctor of Philosophy in Social
The Ph.D. Program in
social work is research oriented and interdisciplinary in nature. It
prepares graduates for leadership positions in the profession and for
careers as social work researchers and educators. Four concentrations are
offered: health and mental health, family and child services,
displaced populations, and social gerontology.
Ph.D. in Social Work
Candidates must complete
48 semester credit hours of course work, including 3 hours for the
dissertation. A cumulative average of B is required for graduation.
Additionally, students must earn a grade of B or better in all core courses
and special-interest area courses. A one-year period of full-time residency
(9 credits per semester) is required of all students.
The curriculum of the
doctoral program consists of four components:
The core curriculum
consists of four pro-seminars, one course in the history and philosophy of
social welfare, and four courses in advanced social research methods and
statistics. All students are required to take the above specified courses as
the basis for their study in one of the special interest areas.
Students are expected to
take 12 credits in their chosen special interest area. The specific
interest area courses are decided upon by the student, his/her academic
advisor and the Director of the Doctoral Program. These courses may be taken
outside of the School of Social Work, in other schools and colleges of
Howard University or in universities of the Consortium of Universities,
Washington, DC. Six credits of elective courses are required. If desired, a
student may take an internship. This internship can be counted as an
elective course if approved by the doctoral program committee.
examination is taken at the end of the first year of study, after
completion of 18 credit hours. The examination covers the course content in
the first-year core courses. Emphasis is placed on the ability to synthesize
knowledge. The student must pass the examination in order to continue in the
examination is taken upon the completion of all the core courses and
special interest area courses. Students are admitted to candidacy after
passing the comprehensive examination and receiving the recommendation of
the doctoral committee. The candidate is required to present and orally
defend the proposal for and subsequently a completed dissertation.
Dissertations will be bound.