Doctoral study in pursuit of social justice

The School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) offers doctoral students the resources of an Ivy League institution within a small, intimate program. Having long been a leader in social work research through the PhD in Social Welfare program, SP2 established the Doctorate in Clinical Social Work program, the first practice doctorate, in 2007. Today, students in the PhD program research social problems through a transdisciplinary lens, while DSW students focus on preparation for leadership in social work practice. Graduates from both doctoral programs are well-equipped to serve as teachers and effective advocates for social justice.

The PhD program in Social Welfare is designed to develop leaders in academia and research to identify both problems and potential solutions. We work hard to foster scholarly energy, collaboration, and creativity.

Doctorate in Clinical Social Work

Now, more than ever, social worker leaders are needed in the movement towards social justice. Our Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW) graduates are sought after social work doctors—highly trained and respected experts, educators, researchers, and leaders who engage in fulfilling, rewarding work and make important contributions to the profession.