PhD Program

Join the next generation of social work leaders and scholars.

Welcome to admissions for the PhD program in Social Work at Boston University! Building upon BU School of Social Work’s robust commitment to social justice and empowerment of historically marginalized populations, our doctoral program provides training in the theory, research methods, and values of the social work profession necessary to solve urgent human and societal problems.

Our students’ work reflects the interdisciplinary nature of our program and individualized course of study. Interested in learning more? Explore our curriculum and funding package. Ready to apply? Read about the admissions process, familiarize yourself with the deadline, then start your online application!

PhD Application Deadline

The PhD program application for Fall 2020 closed on December 15th, 2019. Check back in August 2020 for information regarding 2021 application deadlines.

Meet our PhD Students

Get to know our current doctoral students.