For questions about the Social Welfare doctoral programs contact Professor Steve McMurtry: firstname.lastname@example.org OR 414-229-2249.
The MSW portion of the Joint MSW/PhD program is designed for students interested in social work. There is no joint degree program at present for students whose interests are in Criminal Justice. Those applicants are required to apply to the PhD curriculum after completing their Masters degree in criminal justice, criminology, or a related field.
For students interested in social work, the Joint MSW/PhD program offers two tracks—an Advanced Curriculum for students who hold a BSW earned within the past five years from a CSWE-accredited program, and a Foundation track for those who do not.
Students in the Advanced Curriculum must earn 34 credits. The required courses are:
11 credits of Field Instruction (722/821/822)
6 credits of Social Work Practice Methods
2 credits of practice electives
6 credits of Social Work Research (951 and 961, substituting for 793 and 794)
6 credits within selected area of concentration (753/931)
6 credits of electives (substituting approved doctoral-level courses for MSW-level courses)
Students admitted into the Joint MSW/PhD program who have not earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited social work program within the past 5 years are required to fulfill 22 credits in the Professional Foundation prior to the Advanced Curriculum (see below for exemptions). The purpose of the Professional Foundation is to orient students to the profession and to provide a knowledge, values and skills base in preparation for the Advanced Curriculum. Course work in the Professional Foundation is not included in the 34 Advanced Curriculum credits required for completion of the MSW degree. The Professional Foundation courses are:
604 Social Systems and Social Work Practice
961 Introduction to Statistical Methods (replaces 662 Methods of Social Welfare Research)
665 Cultural Diversity and Social Work
705 Individual Behavior and Social Welfare
708 Social Work Methodology I
709 Social Work Methodology II
721 Field Instruction I
750 Social Welfare Policy Development and Implementation
Students who have, within the 5 years preceding admission, completed course work which substantially duplicates Professional Foundation courses may apply to the Chair of the Social Work Department for an exemption from the relevant courses. Exemption examinations are also offered on a scheduled basis for these courses. Exemption of the field experience (721) may be permitted under special employment experience circumstances and only by permission of the Director of Field Programs. Students interested in securing an exemption should request course exemption forms upon notification of admission to the program.
All requests for exemptions must be made at the time of initial enrollment. Exemption requests will not be accepted following the end of the first semester of coursework.
The program’s curriculum is structured around seven content domains:
1. knowledge building,
2. specialization content,
3. methods of inquiry and analysis,
4. skills proseminars and practicum experiences,
6. preliminary examination
7. requirements relating to the doctoral dissertation proposal.
8. additional requirements relating to the doctoral dissertation.
In consultation with the major professor and as soon as possible after admission, each student designs a program of study to gain the knowledge and skills appropriate to his/her educational goals. All programs of study must include the following classroom courses:
1. Foundation Knowledge Building (3 credits)
Content in this area focuses on the basic principles of scientific inquiry on which the knowledge base of social work rests. Within this area, all students must complete:
All students must pass a preliminary examination subsequent to successfully completing all required course work and prior to being admitted to doctoral candidacy. In consultation with the student’s advisory committee and with the approval of the Doctoral Program Coordinator, one or a combination of the following formats will be required:
Regardless of format, the preliminary examination is comprehensive and integrative, reflective of the student’s individual course of study, and requiring independent work beyond the course requirements.
Dissertation Proposal Defense
All students must successfully complete an oral defense of their dissertation proposal to determine their preparation for independent research. The defense must be completed successfully within four years of initial enrollment.
Students who have passed the Preliminary Examination and have submitted a one-page preliminary dissertation proposal are formally admitted to doctoral candidacy. In accordance with Graduate School policies, students must then register for three research or thesis/dissertation credits each semester until the dissertation is submitted to the Graduate School. To meet the requirements for the dissertation, the candidate must complete an original independent research project that adds meaningfully to the existing body of knowledge in social work. It should be of a caliber that warrants publication in respected journals in the field.
As the final step toward the degree, the candidate must pass an oral examination before his/her doctoral committee in defense of the dissertation. The examination may also cover general topics relevant to the student's area of study. This requirement may not be completed until all other degree requirements are satisfied.
It is expected that most students will complete all degree requirements within six years of initial enrollment in the doctoral program. All requirements MUST be completed within ten years from the date of initial enrollment.