The Ph.D. program supports courses of study that can prepare a student for one of many careers. However, with its emphasis on theory and method, the curriculum is designed to promote the development of a strong foundation for research and teaching. Successful completion of the Ph.D. presumes the demonstration of scholarly abilities to pursue knowledge, engage in abstract and logical thinking, and critically evaluate ideas and evidence.
Students are urged to plan for at least one year of full-time study, but may complete the entire program on a part-time basis.
Students must complete 12 courses. Seven of these are required for all students:
501 Introduction to the History of American Social Welfare and Social Reform
526 Behavioral Theory or
531 Social Theory
540 Data Analysis I
541 Data Analysis II
551 Research Methodology I
552 Research Methodology II
And one Advanced Statistics or Research Methods course
Elective courses are offered in clinical theory and research, program development and social policy formation and analysis, the analysis of non-numerical data, and program evaluation. Faculty are also available to provide tutorials. Students are expected to design a cohesive program of study in an area or areas of special interest to them including advanced research training.
There is no foreign language requirement.
Students should also consult the Operating Procedures for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy as well as the Course Guide, available on the School’s website at www.brynmawr.edu/socialwork.