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Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare

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Welcome! The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare includes the Departments of Social Work and Criminal Justice. Until 2014 we offered the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, but that degree option has been expanded to serve students interested either social work or criminal justice. The degree is now titled Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare. Its goal is to prepare students to become faculty members and/or researchers in social work or criminal justice, and curriculum tracks are available for either specialty. We also offer a Joint MSW/Ph.D. option that allows students to earn the Master of Social Work degree as well as the Social Welfare Ph.D.

Our goal is to prepare students to be teachers, researchers, and leaders in their field. Our program is small and close-knit, and we emphasize giving students maximum opportunity to build learning relationships with faculty. We also attempt to provide sufficient financial assistant to enable students to immerse themselves in their studies.

Students are accepted in the spring of each year for admission in the following fall semester. Between three and five students are accepted in each class. In order to be eligible for full consideration for admission and financial support, students should submit all application materials by January 2nd.

For more information on applying, financial aid, curriculum, faculty, and other topics, please click on the navigation links to the left.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the information, please contact Professor Steve McMurtry, Doctoral Program Director, by email at mcmurtry@uwm.edu or by phone at 414-229-2249. Thanks for your interest.

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