Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work

Why Widener?

faculty scholar-practitioners

Faculty Scholar-Practitioners

Faculty members bring their scholarship and practice experiences into the classroom; all faculty members practice in their area of specialization. They don’t just teach social work; they live it. They have a passion for carrying out research that is practice-relevant and for helping students do the same.  

predictable and part-time class schedule

Predictable and Part-time Class Schedule

All PhD classes take place on Fridays, in one morning and one early afternoon session. Opportunities for PhD students to network with one another and with faculty or to attend workshops and events are scheduled between classes to facilitate attendance. Our commitment to part-time education allows experienced professionals to earn a PhD while continuing to practice in the field.

emphasis on pedagogy

Emphasis on Pedagogy

All students take a course in the art and science of social work education, which prepares them for teaching and public-speaking opportunities. Students interested in further developing their teaching skills can connect with faculty teaching mentors. Many of our PhD students take on adjunct teaching roles in the MSW or BSW programs, depending on their interests and areas of expertise as well as course availability.

  • sheri hamamoto boyle '14
sheri hamamoto boyle '14

Sheri Hamamoto Boyle


The part-time program allowed me the opportunity to continue my work and pursue my PhD. The program also focused on research as well as teaching. Teaching was just as important to me; not all PhD programs offer teaching preparation.

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