PhD Program

Join the next generation of social work leaders and scholars.

Welcome to admissions for the PhD in Social Work 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!


Our PhD in Social Work application is closed for Fall 2022 entry and will reopen for Fall 2023 entry this summer.

Meet our PhD Students

Get to know our current doctoral students.


For further information about the PhD program, request information below or contact Daniel P. Miller, Director of the PhD Program in Social Work.