Ph.D. in Social Welfare

The Ph.D. in Social Welfare is the flagship program of the School of Social Work. The program prepares students in cutting-edge investigative techniques and methodologies. The program has one of the fastest completion rates, and highest retention rates among social work Ph.D. programs nationally. Students can complete the program in as little as three years. We are able to achieve this because of an intensive first-year curriculum, and because students work closely with our nationally and internationally renowned faculty. Our Ph.D. graduates have secured positions in the best universities in the country, prestigious government institutes such as the National Institutes of Health, post-doctoral positions in Ivy League universities, as well as an increasing number of leadership positions in the community. Our graduates are especially sought after for their expertise in minority health disparities.

To find out more about the program please follow these links:


The University Graduate School also has several fellowships and scholarships available for
doctoral students. Please let Dr. Beaulaurier know if you believe that you qualify for any of the
awards available at this website:

In particular these programs which are available to first year students:

  • Undergraduate to Graduate Program (UtGP)
  • Presidential Fellowship (PF)
  • Veteran’s Fellowship
  • Inclusion Fellowship
  • Provost Employer Supported Tuition Fellowships