Coursework is completed in three semesters. A minimum of 12 courses (48 credits) is required for completion of this program. There are seven required courses in the core curriculum and five elective courses for the student’s specialization. Core courses include:

  • WP 901  Perspectives on Social Welfare Policy
  • WP 903  Sociology of the Social Work Profession
  • SO 701  Advanced Sociological Theory
  • SO 708  Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • SO 702  Proseminar in Research Methods
  • SR 906  Qualitative Data Analysis
  • M  684   Multivariate Statistics

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).

Other Requirements

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
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Semester 1 Semester 1 Semester 1 Semester 1
GRS SO 701  Classical Theory
SSW WP 901 Sociology of SW Prof
SSW WP 903 Social Welfare Policy
GRS SO 702 Prosem in Res Mthds
SW Specialization Course 2
SW Specialization Course 3
SO Specialization Course 1
SO Specialization Course 2
Critical Essay Dissertation Research
Semester 2 Semester 2 Semester 2 Semester 2
SO 708 Contemporary Theory
SR 906 Qualitative Research
MA 684 Multivariate Statistics
SW Specialization Course 1
Social Work Theory Exam Prospectus Graduation!