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PhD in Social Work

Apply now. Attend an information session. Admission Requirements PhD Student Profiles

Applications are open for Fall enrollment and have a priority deadline of January 15 with a final deadline of March 1.

Why Pursue a PhD in Social Work at WVU?

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 offers full- and part-time options with a hybrid course plan that allows flexibility to complete latter portions of the program remotely. The coursework is designed to purposefully prepare students for dissertation research. 

What Makes our PhD Program Unique?

  • Community-focused research theme that echoes University mission and intentionally promotes research that has significant impact on communities of West Virginia and beyond
  • Coursework plan that guides students in building toward their dissertation and provides practical preparation for academic and leadership careers
  • Strong support for cross-disciplinary training
  • Strong emphasis on mentorship and opportunities to support students’ professional development and career placement
  • Hybrid model of graduate training with flexibility to complete latter portions of the program remotely (online)

For more information, email Carrie Rishel, PhD Program Director.

                                Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work