Ph.D. in Social Work - Family Studies and Interventions
As a social worker, you work with children and families from various backgrounds and in different life stages. This specialization can help you develop advanced skills to provide culturally sensitive support to children and families. You will discover specific resources and instruction for working with couples, families, children, and adolescents. By examining prevention, intervention, and consultation strategies, you will be able to tailor your approach to address the distinct needs of your clients in advance of, or in response to, critical concerns for children and families.
77 total quarter credit hours
- Core courses (42 cr.)
- Specialization courses (15 cr.)
- Dissertation (20 cr.)
- Four Ph.D. residencies
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.
- SOCW 8000 Foundations of Graduate Study
- SOCW 8110 Advanced Social Work Theory and Practice
- SOCW 8116 History and Development of Social Work
- RSCH 8100W Research Theory, Design, and Methods
- SOCW 8356 Theories and Techniques in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
- SOCW 8137 Contemporary Issues, Social Change, and Social Policy
- SOCW 8138 Program and Practice Evaluation
- RSCH 8200W Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
- SOCW 8346 Child and Adolescent Counseling
- RSCH 8300W Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
- SOCW 8117 Diversity and Multiculturalism
- SOCW 8550 Writing a Quality Prospectus
- RSCH 8250W Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
- or RSCH 8350W or Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
- or RSCH 8450W or Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
- SOCW 9000 Dissertation
Walden University’s online Ph.D. in Social Work program can help you gain the skills needed to address social issues through research or to teach in a university setting. Whichever path you choose, this doctoral degree program will prepare you to work in a variety of professions in the public or private sectors.
Enter a High-Growth Field
- Opportunities for social work professionals are expected to grow by 25% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all other occupations.
- Employment opportunities for college professors are expected to grow by 17% between 2010 and 2020.
Expand Your Career Options
A Ph.D. in Social Work can provide you with greater opportunities to move your career forward as a:
- Social worker
- Agency leader
- Policy analyst
- Educator/professor/faculty member
- Supervisor in the social work field
- Program director
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
Aligned with Walden University’s mission of social change, this program allows you to:
- Learn from nationally recognized experts in the profession.
- Focus your studies in a relevant area that aligns with your interests, such as addictions, medical social work, or clinical expertise.
- Gain strategies and skills for publishing and presenting research.
- Enhance your professional development by participating in a residency program.
- Acquire an understanding of how diversity shapes the human experience.
- Design, implement, and analyze your own research related to the social work profession.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
- Utilize current research, best practices, and theory to promote prevention and intervention strategies that address social problems and needs of social groups.
- Employ various research and statistical tools to gather data used to address the etiology and dynamics of social problems and social needs.
- Evaluate the role of research and evaluation in social work in improving social interventions and advancing theory development.
- Critically evaluate the history of social work, its mission, and its core values.
- Promote social change by collaborating with leaders, agencies, and universities to advocate for policies and programs that advance the economic and social well-being of culturally diverse clientele.
- Demonstrate the ability to assess the role of diversity in characterizing and shaping the human experience.
- Apply ethical decision making and practices in social work.