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Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in conjunction with the Graduate School-New Brunswick provides an outstanding program. Here are just a few key elements:

  • Rutgers is a member of the highly selective Association of American Universities (AAU) comprised of 62 leading research universities in North America.
  • Location allows for easy access from New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
  • Faculty are outstanding scholars in their respective fields.  

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If you are a prospective student interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or a dual MSW/Ph.D., visit Ph.D. admissions or dual degrees for information about how to apply. Call us at 848-932-5333 if you have questions.


Our Ph.D. program prepares you for a career as a faculty member, research scientist, or policy analyst and offers you:

  • mentoring by our exceptional Ph.D. faculty
  • a dynamic, diverse, and accomplished student body from across the United States and the world
  • strong professional development support, including funding for conferences
  • research facilities that rank among the best in our nation
  • research opportunities with faculty and institutes in areas including child welfare, poverty, violence against women and children, mental health services, addictions, gambling, international development, prevention, health, and public health
  • generous funding packages for all full-time students through the fourth year, with tuition, health coverage, and fees covered for the first five years.
  • excellent job placements in academia and research

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Choose Your Research Opportunities

We have an extensive network of faculty and institutions and provide you with excellent faculty-supervised research opportunities. Choose from a variety of areas, including child welfare; poverty; violence against women and children; mental health services; addictions; gambling; international development; prevention; health and public health. Explore your options and talk with your advisor about your interests.

Be Inspired

Read about our Ph.D. student accomplishments and the many excellent job placements our Ph.D. graduates have earned.

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