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Course Overview and Program Benchmarks


Course Overview and Program Benchmarks


Academic Program



Year One

First Semester Core Curriculum

Social Policy


Organizational Theory


Second Semester Core Curriculum

Social Policy 

Research Methods

Basic Statistics

Students are assigned an advisor based on intersecting interests; students discuss electives for Year Two with advisor

The First Examination is distributed May of Year One and submitted before beginning Year Two

CV Preparation

Professional presence on the Internet; continue updating online materials throughout tenure in the Program

Exploration of academic and non-academic employment opportunities

Explore teaching opportunities; identify scholarsin field of study 

Year Two

First Semester Core Curriculum

Research Methods

Advanced Statistics

Elective Course


Second Semester Curriculum

Three Elective Courses

Students must take two electives outside of the PhD Program in Social Welfare

Elective course selection should consider how the content will support the student's dissertation research

Attend professional conference

Submit a proposal for juried presentation at professional conference; practice presentation skills

Teach course; engage in curriculum development

Edit academic papers for publication or grant proposals

Year Three

First Semester Curriculum

Dissertation Seminar

Elective Course


Second Semester Curriculum

Dissertation Seminar

Students may submit their Second Examination upon completion of all course work

Upon passing the Second Examination, students move to Level III

Conduct feasibility or pilot study

Two publications in peer review journals by the end of Year Three

Explore academic and non-academic employment opportunities

Establish relationships with scholars in field of study

Years Four and Five

Dissertation Proposal and Defense 

Dissertation Project and Defense

Completion of doctoral program by end of 10th semester or five years

Students form dissertation committee

Committee must include three members of the Social Welfare faculty; a fourth outside member may serve with EO approval

IRB approval before any data collection 

Follow GC and Program guidelines for dissertation deposit

Update electronic and paper copies of CV and portfolio of work

Identify academic and non-academic employment opportunities; apply for employment

Three pubblications in peer review journals by end of Year Four

Prepare and submit applications for dissertation and other awards