Ph.D. in Social Work Degree
Candidates must complete 48
semester credit hours of course work, including 3 hours for the
dissertation. A cumulative average of B is required for graduation.
Additionally, students must earn a grade of B or better in all core
courses and special-interest area courses. A one-year period of
full-time residency (9 credits per semester) is required of all
The core curriculum
consists of five pro-seminars. One course in the history and philosophy
of social welfare, three theory courses (Individual Theory; Small Group
Theory, Community and Organization Theory), a course in Social Work
Education, and four courses in advanced social research methods and
statistics. All students are required to take the above specified
courses as the basis for their study in one of the special interest
Students are expected to
take 12 credits in their chosen special interest area. The specific
interest area courses are decided upon by the student, his/her academic
advisor and the Director of the Ph.D. Program. These courses may be
taken outside of the School of Social Work, in other schools and
colleges of Howard University or in one of the Consortium of
Universities in Washington, D.C. Six credits of elective courses are
The qualifying examination
is taken at the end of the first year of study, after completion of 18
credit hours. The examination covers the course content in the
first-year core courses. Emphasis is placed on the ability to
synthesize knowledge. The student must pass the examination in order to
continue in the program.
examination is taken upon the completion of all the core courses and
special interest area courses. The candidate is required to present and
orally defend the proposal for and subsequently a completed
Students in the Ph.D. program are required
to spend at least four semesters in full-time residence, two of which
must be consecutive.
The Board of Trustees of Howard University
on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding
applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard
University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and
accurate and complete information requested by the University.
Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled
students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete
credentials or accurate and complete information on their application
for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made
known, regardless of classification."
All credentials must be submitted electronically.
Tricia Bent-Goodley, Ph.D., LICSW, MSW
Professor & Director, Doctoral Program
Address: School of Social Work
601 Howard Place, NW
Washington, DC 20059