PhD in Social Work

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Garden City

Balance work with study and prepare for a leadership position in social work, improving life in our communities.

What Can You Do With a PhD in Social Work?

A PhD in social work will expand your capacities to conceptualize, develop, evaluate and disseminate knowledge of the problems that impact the human conditions as well as the strategies designed to change those conditions. You’ll be prepared to serve in public social service organizations, teach in colleges and universities and engage in social research.

Why Earn Your PhD in Social Work at Adelphi?

  • Earn your degree while continuing your career with part- and full-time options and flexible classes.
  • Learn to think critically and evaluate a broad spectrum of clinical, administrative and social policy interventions.
  • Benefit from working with our experienced faculty and well-developed system of advisement, mentorship and community connections.
12%* * Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2022
projected growth in employment of social workers from 2020 to 2030 is faster than the average for all occupations.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2022

Being in the PhD program at Adelphi kindled my passion to be a social work scholar and leader, providing me with strategies needed for research, practice and advocacy. Through my relationships with my cohort and professors, I was supported, yet challenged, to be a better social work leader, critical thinker, and advocate.

Jennifer Dull current PhD student

Program Info

Application Requirements and Deadlines

The application deadline for Fall admission is April 15, or permission from the Program Director. Applicants must have an MSW or an equivalent degree, 3.3 GPA and preferably 2-3 years of post-master’s work experience. Applicants should submit the following:

  • Graduate application and $60 fee
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing academic ability and other skills
  • 3-4 page personal statement
  • Writing sample showcasing academic/scholarly writing skill and style
  • Transcripts from all tertiary academic institutions
  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Essay

Additional Requirements for International Students

Additional information is required from applicants with degrees from non-native English-speaking countries as well as an official TOEFL score of 80 or higher OR IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

The PhD program is designed to prepare students to assume the role of thought leaders, researchers and practitioner-scholars. We are committed to developing and augmenting your existing skills and preparing you to contribute to the social work knowledge base in your area of expertise. Upon graduation, many of you may choose an academic path, while some of you may take on leadership roles at agencies. Regardless of your chosen career, we encourage you to embrace a culture of critical thinking and lifelong learning.

Elizabeth Palley Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program

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