The PhD program is a full-time course of study. Coursework is completed in four semesters. A minimum of 16 courses (64 credits) is required for completion of this program.
Core Social Work Knowledge (16 credits)
SSW WP 901 Social Justice, Ethics and the Social Work Profession
SSW KC 902 Proseminar in Social Work
SSW WP 903 Perspectives on Social Welfare Policy
SSW KC 905 Contemporary Social Problems: Capstone
SSW KC 910 Dissertation Seminar
Core Mixed Methods (12 credits)
GRS SO 702 Sociological Methods
Quantitative Methods 1 and 2
CAS MA 614 Statistical Methods II
CAS MA 684 Applied Multiple Regression and Multivariate Analysis
SPH BS 723 Introduction to Statistical Computing
Qualitative Methods 1 and 2
SSW SR 906 Qualitative Research Methods
SSW SR 907 Qualitative Data Analysis
Advanced Research Methods-Electives (8 credit hours)
Students will take 2 courses in advanced research methods relevant to individual the conduct of research in an area of specialization.
Specialization (12 credits)
Students will take 3 courses (12 credits) in their chosen area of specialization. Four credits of the specialization must be taken in a theory course. The specialization is developed by the student in collaboration with his or her faculty advisor and approved by the doctoral program director.
Teaching Excellence Core (8 credits; to be taken concurrently)
SSW 908 Teaching Seminar
SSW 909 Teaching Practicum
Elective courses are selected from offerings in the School of Social Work, the Graduate School of Arts &Sciences, and other schools at Boston University (e.g., School of Public Health, School of Education). Students may also take courses at other universities in the Boston area (Boston College, Brandeis University, Tufts University).
After completing coursework, students must pass a qualifying examination, develop a dissertation proposal, engage in dissertation research, and complete and defend their dissertation.
Plan of Study for Full-Time Doctoral Study
|2||RA 20 hours
|Qualifying Exam: Summer after completion of coursework (No later than one semester post-coursework)|
|Years 3-5: Teaching Requirements: 1 traditional classroom course; 1 on-line course (minimum)|
|3||RA/TA up to 20 hours||
|4||RA/TA up to 20 hours||
|5||RA/TA up to 20 hours||