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32 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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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
Jan 2022
Campus
 
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 2022
15 Dec 2021
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
Jan 2022
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
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

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

The Doctoral programme entails a substantial piece of independent research that contributes something new to theory or practice in the field of social work. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Jan 2022
Campus
 
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
 
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
 
Florida State University - Department of Family and Child Sciences
Tallahassee, USA

The doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) has a long and rich history. The program addresses family processes and empirically-supported relational intervention ... +

The doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) has a long and rich history. The program addresses family processes and empirically-supported relational interventions for today’s diverse families through the engagement in programmatic research and advanced clinical preparation. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 5 years
English
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
 
Regent’s University London
London, United Kingdom

The DPsych programme aims to develop highly skilled, reflexive practitioner psychologists and researchers who will make a valuable contribution to the profession, both inside ... +

The DPsych programme aims to develop highly skilled, reflexive practitioner psychologists and researchers who will make a valuable contribution to the profession, both inside and outside the consulting room. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Holy Family University School of Arts & Sciences
Philadelphia, USA

The Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) program at Holy Family University is committed to a practitioner-scholar training model. The program is evidence-based ... +

The Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) program at Holy Family University is committed to a practitioner-scholar training model. The program is evidence-based and practice-informed, utilizing interventions that reflect the foundational values of the discipline of counseling psychology. Our view of clinical training is consistent with the American Psychological Association’s Standards of Accreditation for Health Services Psychology (HSP) and the guidelines for professional psychology training developed by the National Council for Schools and Programs in Psychology (NCSPP). -
PhD
English
 
University of Missouri Kansas City School of Education
Kansas City, USA

The Counseling Psychology program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) promotes equity, pluralism, and social justice through student training and education, resea ... +

The Counseling Psychology program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) promotes equity, pluralism, and social justice through student training and education, research, and practice. -
PhD
English
Campus
 
Point Park University Online
Pittsburgh, USA

Point Park University's low-residency doctorate in community engagement is a unique social lab designed for working professionals who want to improve their effectiveness as le ... +

Point Park University's low-residency doctorate in community engagement is a unique social lab designed for working professionals who want to improve their effectiveness as leaders while gaining a broad understanding of public policy, program development, community psychology, and best practices in leadership and engagement. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Online
 
Baylor University Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
Waco, USA

Baylor's PhD program is designed to develop leaders and educators who can lead visionary social work education or service programs and conduct original research addressing our ... +

Baylor's PhD program is designed to develop leaders and educators who can lead visionary social work education or service programs and conduct original research addressing our world's complex social issues. The program provides a distinctive focus on integrating religion and faith with the ethics, values, and practices of the social work profession. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Online
 
Carlos Albizu University
San Juan, Puerto Rico

This doctoral program is designed for master-level professionals in areas of mental health, healthcare, public administration, criminal justice, education, and speech and lang ... +

This doctoral program is designed for master-level professionals in areas of mental health, healthcare, public administration, criminal justice, education, and speech and language pathology, among others. Students acquire and create new scholarly knowledge, to occupy high-level academic and administrative positions at non-profit and for-profit organizations. Our students become leaders who can specialize in conflict resolution, gerontology, children and families, or neurolearning. -
PhD
English
Campus