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PhD in Social Work

The PhD program has been approved to enroll the first cohort of students in the Fall of 2023.  Applications for a Fall 2023 start will be due March 1, 2023.  Further information on the application process will be available here in the Fall of 2022.


The WVU PhD program in Social Work will prepare students with the skills needed to excel in research, teaching, and leadership.  The theme of the program, community-focused research, reflects the mission of WVU as a R1 land-grant institution to advance education, healthcare, and prosperity for all by intentionally promoting research that has significant impact on people’s lives.  The PhD program is a full-time program with a hybrid course plan that allows flexibility to complete latter portions of the program remotely. It is designed to purposefully prepare students for dissertation research.


For more information, contact Carrie Rishel, PhD Program Director at