PhD in Social Work

General

Program Description

The Ph.D. department in the School of Social Work is uniquely designed to prepare students for leadership roles in urban social work research, urban policy analysis, and advocacy, and social work education. The Ph.D. program in social work prepares students to apply a social justice framework to analyze and solve the catastrophic problems of contemporary urban society.

Mission & Goals

Mission

A primary focus of Morgan State University is to address societal problems, especially those that impact urban communities. The mission of the Ph.D. department in social work embraces and reinforces the University's mission. More specifically, the Ph.D. department prepares students for leadership roles in urban social work research, social policy analysis, and advocacy, and social work education. The urban focus recognizes that inner-city residents bear the brunt of the social, economic, political, and health-related problems of American society. The Ph.D. department in social work prepares students to apply a social justice framework to analyze and solve the multifaceted problems and challenges of contemporary urban society. A special focus is given to the social problems that confront African-American families, communities, and organizations. The Ph.D. department also produces persons interested in becoming professors in schools and departments of social work so that they can influence future social workers and contribute to social work's knowledge base on urban families, communities, and organizations.

Goals

  1. To produce competent and socially conscious leaders in the field of social welfare who will work assiduously to affect positive social change;
  2. To produce researchers, scholars, and social policy advocates who will contribute to the knowledge base of social work and to the general social science literature in the areas of urban social problems and urban social strengths;
  3. To produce social work educators who will infuse knowledge of urban social problems and urban social strengths in the social work curriculum; and
  4. To produce graduates who are competent in and knowledgeable of urban social policy, urban social work and family theory, urban organizations and communities, and research methods and statistics.

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Curriculum

1st Year - Fall

  • SOWK 701 History of Social Welfare Policy - 3 credits
  • SOWK 702 Social Work and Human Services Statistics - 3 credits
  • SOWK 704 Knowledge and Theory Development for Urban Social Work - 3 credits

1st Year - Spring

  • SOWK 703 Research Methods for Urban Social Institutions - 3 credits
  • SOWK 705 Contemporary Social Policy Analysis - 3 credits
  • SOWK 706 Social Work and Human Services Statistics II - 3 credits

2nd Year - Fall

  • SOWK 802 Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research - 3 credits
  • SOWK 804 Social Work with Urban Organizations and Communities - 3 credits
  • SOWK 805 Advanced Statistical Applications in Social Work - 3 credits

2nd Year - Spring

  • SOWK 803 Urban Family Theories - 3 credits
  • SOWK 807 Issues in Social Work Pedagogy and Education - 3 credits
  • SOWK 899 Guided Research - 3 credits

Total Minimum Hours Required to Sit for Comprehensive Exam: 36

3rd Year - Fall

  • SOWK 997 Dissertation-Guidance - 3 credits
  • SOWK 808 Teaching or Research Practicum in Social Work - 3 credits

3rd Year - Spring

  • SOWK 997 Dissertation-Guidance - 3 credits
  • SOWK 811 Elective or Independent Study - 3 credits

4th Year - Fall

  • Dissertation Guidance - 3 credits

4th Year - Spring

  • SOWK 998 Dissertation Seminar - 3 credits

Total Hours Including Two Years of Dissertation Research: 54

Admission Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for the last two years of undergraduate work.
  • GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale on all postgraduate study beyond the baccalaureate degree.
  • MSW Degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited program.
  • Persons with other related graduate degrees may apply but they will be required to enroll in a social work urban practice internship.
  • Official results of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). If previously taken, scores cannot be more than five years old.
  • A Personal Background Statement
    • Applicants must respond to the following questions, 1. Tell us about yourself and your professional experiences; 2. What are your research interests?; 3. When did you take your last research course?; 4. How do the goals of the Ph.D. program advance your goals as a scholar/researcher?; 5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae documenting professional experiences.
  • One sample of professional writing, which can include a publication and research proposal abstract if available.
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from recent work experience, and two academic references.
  • Interview with the Ph.D. Committee.
  • International students, whose native language is not English, must provide a TOEFL score of 550 or higher and demonstrate through the required written documentation and interview that they have requisite verbal and analytical skills needed to successfully complete the program.
Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution providing instruction to a multiethnic, multiracial, multinational student body and offering more than ... Read More

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution providing instruction to a multiethnic, multiracial, multinational student body and offering more than 125 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland's Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan fulfills its mission to address the needs and challenges of the modern urban environment through intense community-level study and pioneering solutions. Read less