PhD in Social Welfare

Financial Support

The PhD program is designed to be completed in four years. Each student is supported financially by the School of Social Policy & Practice in the form of tuition, fees, individual health insurance, and a nine-month research and teaching stipend for the four years. View more information about the funding provided to students here.

Tuition & Fees

Full-time tuition, general and clinical fees* are charged the first three years of study. After three years of full-time study, students are placed on dissertation status with reduced tuition and fee amount. In addition, individual health insurance is available through the University. All students must be covered by the University’s health insurance or provide proof of alternate health coverage.

In rare situations, students are responsible for paying tuition, general and clinical fees, and health insurance. Please see below.

*The general and clinical fees are a contribution toward the support of the Student Health Service, Placement Service, graduate student activities, recreational facilities, and other services not directly associated with specific courses.

Academic Year 2021-2022
Full Time (years 1-3)Reduced (Dissertation Status)
Tuition$38,732$4,840
General Fee$3,552$892
Clinical Fee$648$648
TOTAL$42,932$6,380

The individual health insurance estimated annual premium for 2021-2022 is TBA. Additional information is available here.

The University’s Trustees reserve the right at any time to amend the regulations concerning tuition, fees, and method of payment and to make such changes applicable to students currently enrolled in the University as well as to new students. Tuition refund information can be found here.

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