Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work
Our doctor of philosophy (PhD) program in social work will prepare you to be an academic innovator and leader with skills and expertise in scholarly research, teaching, and advanced practice.
As the only part-time, cohort-based PhD program on the East Coast, Widener’s program is designed for experienced working professionals interested in becoming stewards of social work’s professional knowledge base. Our graduates are employed as social work faculty in undergraduate and graduate college and university programs; as administrators in private and public organizations; and as advanced clinical, community, or policy practitioners.
At Widener, we emphasize favorable faculty-to-student ratios (class sizes of 6 to 12 students), applied learning, and individualized faculty attention, all of which contribute to timely program completion. Only 4 to 6 students are admitted to our cohort-based program each year. Students take 2 three-credit-hour courses per semester for 3 semesters (fall, spring, summer) over 3 consecutive years. The program is designed to guide students in fulfilling all dissertation requirements within a 2-year period following the completion of coursework.