The doctoral curriculum is designed to produce social work scholars with a mastery of core competencies essential for contributing original research that advances the profession's knowledge base. Course work and independent study within and outside the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work provide students with an intellectual grounding in policy advocacy, analysis of policy and practice issues, global issues, interdisciplinary research, advanced research methods and statistics and comparative social science theories.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 45 course units beyond the master's degree (exclusive of SOWK 794 Doctoral Dissertation)
Core Substantive Courses*
702 Theories of Human Behavior in the Contexts of Social Environments
703 Explanatory Theories for Larger Social Systems
733 Policy Analysis and Advocacy in a Comparative Social Policy Context
743 Theories for Practice with Small Systems
744 Theories for Practice with Large Systems
* Students must complete four of the above core substantive courses. Students with a macro focus must take 702 and/or 743, and those with a micro focus must take at the minimum two of the following: 703, 733 and/or 744. Students must also take at least one 3-unit elective either in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work or elsewhere in the university.
Core Research/Statistics Courses**
760L Introduction to Social Work Statistics
761L Multiple Regression in Social Work Research
762 Social Work Research Methods I
763 Social Work Research Methods II: Issues in Research for Social Work Practice
764 Advanced Multivariate Statistics
**Plus, students must take an additional 3-unit elective in statistics or research either in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work or elsewhere in the university.
Courses within the University***
Students must take at least three courses in other departments or schools within the university. At least eight of these 12 units must be in courses with a substantive rather than a research methodology or statistic focus.
***Each student must develop a concentration in another discipline outside the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work such as gerontology, sociology; psychology; preventive medicine; business; policy, planning and development; or political science.
Social Work Tutorials (790)
Students fulfill the requirements for their individualized course of study through a combination of at least three (2-unit) directed tutorials (SOWK 790) under the mentorship of a social work faculty member. Tutorials provide greater understanding of a student's chosen specialty through closer examination of relevant practice theories, explanatory theories and research methodologies. The tutorials are substantive and have a purpose beyond preparation related to the student's qualifying exam. All tutorials must be of publishable quality in order to receive credit.