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Doctoral Degrees

As the only university in the Philadelphia metropolitan region offering a third-year seminar in social work teaching, our doctoral program in social work will develop you as an academic innovator and leader with skills and expertise in scholarly research, teaching, and advanced clinical practice.

Matriculation is part-time only, so experienced working professionals can receive a doctorate while still practicing in the field.

Only six to eight students are admitted to our cohort-based program each year, so timely completion of the program is emphasized along with a favorable faculty-to-student ratio. You must take two, three-credit-hour courses per semester for three semesters (including summers), over the course of three consecutive years. The program is designed to support students fulfilling all dissertation requirements within a two-year period following the completion of coursework.

Students experience the advantage of interdisciplinary study as they address the problems and interventions employed in social work practice.

Mentoring relationships with faculty and a targeted curriculum will facilitate a collaborative educational experience and successful completion of the degree requirements.