Bryn Mawr admits students to the Ph.D. program for either full-time or part-time study. Part-time study entails enrollment in a minimum of two courses a semester. Full-time study entails enrollment in three courses a semester. Enrollment in four courses is considered an overload and requires adviser approval. A minimum of four semesters of class work is required for the degree.
Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Ph.D. students must complete 12 courses, including seven required courses and five carefully chosen electives designed to ensure specialized knowledge in areas of substantive and methodological interest. Required courses, as a rule, are taken within the School. Elective courses may be taken as formal seminars or as tutorials within the School, the Graduate Schools of Arts and Sciences at Bryn Mawr or the University of Pennsylvania, with which Bryn Mawr has a reciprocal tuition arrangement. There is no foreign language requirement.
Students have a maximum of eight years to finish the doctoral program. Within this timeframe, particular guidelines have been set for the completion of each phase of the program (coursework, preliminary examinations, dissertation proposal, and dissertation).