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34 PhD Programs in Social Work

A Social Work PhD degree offers curriculum to produce advanced clinicians and scholars within the field of social work. Social Work PhD programs prepare candidates for leadership positions in social work education and practice.Social Work PhD programs are based around the concepts of clinical social work, research, public policy issues, and advanced clinical competence. Curriculum often includes c… Read more

A Social Work PhD degree offers curriculum to produce advanced clinicians and scholars within the field of social work. Social Work PhD programs prepare candidates for leadership positions in social work education and practice.

Social Work PhD programs are based around the concepts of clinical social work, research, public policy issues, and advanced clinical competence. Curriculum often includes coursework, teaching, internship, research, and a dissertation. The approach taken for a Social Work PhD is often multicultural, involving ideas of social justice, and is interdisciplinary, drawing on theories from other disciplines that are relevant to social work. Candidates must have strong critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze social problems and interventions, while maintaining a strong ethical code.

If you are passionate about helping people overcome adversity, then a Social Work PhD may be the program for you! Scroll through the options below and find out!

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University of Kentucky Online
Lexington, USA

The University of Kentucky's online DSW degree prepares master's level practitioners to address the diverse needs of our times.

The University of Kentucky's online DSW degree prepares master's level practitioners to address the diverse needs of our times. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 semesters
English
Sep 2023
Online
 
The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
Chicago, USA

As a member of the SSA doctoral program, you will join a select group of outstanding students and scholars who advance an interdisciplinary approach to social work and social ... +

As a member of the SSA doctoral program, you will join a select group of outstanding students and scholars who advance an interdisciplinary approach to social work and social welfare scholarship. The program is designed to deepen students' mastery of both social science theory and research methods so that they are prepared to contribute to scholarly knowledge in innovative ways. -
PhD
Full-time
4 - 5 years
English
Sep 2023
Campus
 
Saint Paul University
Ottawa, Canada

The goal of this program is to educate counselors who are also researchers capable of independent and collaborative research. As researchers, they will be able to contribute t ... +

The goal of this program is to educate counselors who are also researchers capable of independent and collaborative research. As researchers, they will be able to contribute to the knowledge base that informs counseling and spirituality. -
PhD
Full-time
6 years
English, French
Sep 2023
01 May 2023
Campus
 

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Christian Leadership University
Orlando, USA

Are you confident that you are ministering to the deep heart needs of your clients, or do you sometimes feel like you are just putting on Band-Aids to cover festering wounds? ... +

Are you confident that you are ministering to the deep heart needs of your clients, or do you sometimes feel like you are just putting on Band-Aids to cover festering wounds? Wouldn’t you like to know that your clients have been cleansed and healed by experiencing the loving touch and compassionate words of the Wonderful Counselor Who alone can touch those deepest places within? If so, then a Doctoral Degree in Christian Counseling from Christian Leadership University is exactly what you’ve been searching for. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online
 
American International Theism University
Englewood, USA

American International Theism University has something for everyone. Now with our Accelerated Degree Programs, you can complete your Master’s or Doctorate Degrees in up to thr ... +

American International Theism University has something for everyone. Now with our Accelerated Degree Programs, you can complete your Master’s or Doctorate Degrees in up to three years. Each course offers six credit hours and lasts for six weeks. Let your hard work and dedication pay off by achieving your degree in half the time. Enrollment is open, and students may begin the program at any time. All courses take place in classrooms, with a faculty member that provides one-to-one mentoring. Students also have free access to our comprehensive Study Tactics and Resources Center, which offers links to subject-related websites, libraries, articles, and research assistance. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
Online
 
Universidad Ana G. Méndez – Recinto de Gurabo
Gurabo, Puerto Rico

The programs' objectives are to train competent health service providers in psychology to provide assessment and counseling services both in private practice or within a menta ... +

The programs' objectives are to train competent health service providers in psychology to provide assessment and counseling services both in private practice or within a mental health organization or hospital. The program’s curriculum and training core were developed according to the American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation criteria and enhance the pre-required master’s degree in psychology knowledge and competencies acquired in such a program. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Spanish
Campus
 
St. Marcos Theology University
Miami, USA

St Marcos Theology University educational programs prepare students for religious vocations as ministers, professionals, or laypersons in the categories of ministry, counselin ... +

St Marcos Theology University educational programs prepare students for religious vocations as ministers, professionals, or laypersons in the categories of ministry, counseling, theology, education, administration, music, fine arts, media communications, or social work. -
PhD
Part-time
English
Online
 
University of Texas Arlington
Arlington, USA

In the 48-credit-hour program, students are prepared for positions in academia where they can teach and, most importantly, continue advancing research in the social work field ... +

In the 48-credit-hour program, students are prepared for positions in academia where they can teach and, most importantly, continue advancing research in the social work field. The curriculum focuses on research, statistical analysis, and theory and emphasizes a strong. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
English
Aug 2023
15 Mar 2023
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

The Doctoral program entails a substantial piece of independent research that contributes something new to theory or practice in the field of social work. The program assists ... +

The Doctoral program entails a substantial piece of independent research that contributes something new to theory or practice in the field of social work. The program assists you in becoming an expert in a particular facet of social work. We have four Doctoral supervisors with a diverse range of expertise, including clinical social work, community development, developmental research, econometrics, gender-based violence management, occupational social work, poverty, resilience, social development, social policy, social security, and youth transitions. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Feb 2023
Campus
 
Florida Christian University
Orlando, USA

The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Counseling is dedicated to the preparation of counselors who facilitate the optimal development of individuals, groups, and organizations that is ... +

The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Counseling is dedicated to the preparation of counselors who facilitate the optimal development of individuals, groups, and organizations that is culturally relevant and psychologically appropriate across the lifespan. -
PhD
Full-time
English, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish
Campus
 
Pan Africa Christian University
Nairobi, Kenya

The Ph.D. in MFT is an advanced course of the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. The program is grounded in a Christian worldview that presents a holistic perspective of human ... +

The Ph.D. in MFT is an advanced course of the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. The program is grounded in a Christian worldview that presents a holistic perspective of human nature including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of maturation. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Campus