Student Resources

The Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare is here to support its students and encourage their professional development. Please find resources below to explore.


The Graduate Center Offers a variety of financial awards, scholarships, grants, and employment opportunities to help current doctoral students finance their education and research.

Learn more about funding opportunities for current doctoral students »

Of particular interest to our Level Three students who have made substantial progress in their dissertation research and who are entering their final year of doctoral study, the Office of the Provost has dissertation fellowships available. The strong likelihood that the student will complete the dissertation during the award year is a criterion for selection.


Students have access to two main libraries. 

The School of Social Work Library is a graduate- and doctoral-level branch of the Hunter College Library. The onsite print collection includes 55,000 books and 80 journals. Silberman students also have remote access to the Hunter Library’s electronic collections, which include 250,000 full-text eBooks, 100,000 e-Journals, and over 300 electronic databases. The library participates in the national interlibrary loan program which is a consortium of academic libraries that share resources. These reciprocal agreements allow students extensive access to a multitude of collections.

The Social Work Librarian at Silberman is Margaret Bausman,

Students also have access to all the resources at The Graduate Center. The Graduate Center building was formerly the B. Altman department store, and remnants of its Beaux Arts style are still visible in the ornate staircase and elevator of the Mina Rees Library. There is a cafe located on the first floor and a full cafeteria with a ceiling skylight on the 8th Floor.

The Social Work Librarian at the Graduate Center is Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz,

Professional Development

The program is dedicated to students' success after program completion. From your first semester through to your last, you will have opportunities to prepare for your career as shown in the Paths to Degree.

The Graduate Center's Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare is a member of the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE), which is an organization of over 80 social work doctoral programs that helps prepare scholars, researchers, and educators. GADE offers resources for students, including professional conferences. 

Student Representatives

Under the Bylaws, the Program has three standing committees, each with two student members elected by the student body. Each student member serves for a two-year term. The Executive Committee provides consultation and advice to the Executive Officer and meets at least twice a semester. The Curriculum Committee meets with faculty working on curriculum issues and meets as necessary during the year. All members of the Admissions Committee conduct initial review of applications to the program and participate in the Committee’s final decision process. The Admissions Committee conducts its work primarily  in the  Spring  semester.  Each  year  students  elect  two  members  to represent them on the Graduate Center’s Doctoral Students’ Council. In addition, students elect a representative to the Graduate Center’s Graduate Council, which is the central curricular policy-making body.

Student Executive Committee Members

  • Sarah Bussey
  • Ryan Camire

Student Curriculum Committee Members

  • Adashima Oyo
  • Monica Thompson

Student Admissions Committee Members

  • Diana Melendez
  • Britton Williams

Academic Procedures

Students should have an understanding of the following academic procedures:

Tuition charges are based on a student's level within the Program as follows:

Level I: Students remain at Level One until they have completed all 45 credits of required course work, including the first semester of the Professional Seminar.

Level II: After completion of all 45 credits of course work and the first semester of the Professional seminar, students advance to Level Two. At Level Two, they may submit the Second Examination.

Level III: Upon passing the Second Examination, students advance to candidacy and are eligible for the degree Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.).

The program does not accept students on a part-time basis, and students must maintain full-time status while in the Program. If a student registers for less than the seven credits required for full-time status, they must also register for Weighted Instructional Units (WIUs) to make up the balance.

Students may transfer up to six credits of doctoral level courses as electives towards the four-course or 12-credit elective requirement. Students requesting transfer of credits must submit course outlines to the EO for review and must be prepared to submit official transcripts to the Registrar. Once approved, the EO submits a transfer recommendation form to the Registrar’s office for final approval.

Continuing students who are enrolled may sign up for courses during the initial registration period that runs about four weeks, usually in in May and June for the Fall Semester and December and January for the Spring Semester. At that time, on-line registration is open to all students who do not have holds because of financial, academic concerns, or other concerns.
To register online, go to and click on Portal, then "Self Service Banner." The login asks for the student's Banner ID and PIN which is pre-set to be the student's six digit date of birth without slashes - month then day then year. Once in, students are asked to create a new six-digit PIN.
Students may change their registration during the add/drop period which extends through the third week of every semester.
Students who want to register for courses through the New York Doctoral Consortium should first try to contact the professor teaching the course or at least the department to make sure the course is indeed open. Students complete a "Permit Out" form with the EO’s signature and submit it to the Office of Student Affairs. If approved by Student Affairs, the student will be provided with an Inter-University Registration Form. The student then gets signatures required on the forms and returns the completed forms to the Registrar no later than the end of the third week of the CUNY semester. Students who drop a course at a host consortium institution must notify both institutions and follow the appropriate instructions for withdrawing.

The following grades and quality points are given to students in the Ph.D. Program:

Excellent A+ 4.0
  A 4.0
  A- 3.7
  B+ 3.3
  B 3.0
  B- 2.7
  C+ 2.3
  C 2.0
  C- 1.7
Failure F 0

To remain in good standing in the Ph.D. Program, students must maintain a 3.0 (B) average or better.

The following grades may be given in particular circumstances:

P Pass A “P” or an “F” must be assigned to courses   taken for more than 3 credits
SP Satisfactory Progress The grade assigned to students at Level Three working on their dissertations with evidence they are progressing
NGR No Grade Recorded This grade appears if the registrar has not received the grade
INC Incomplete See below
AUD Audit The grade when students audit a course
W Withdrawal Without Academic Penalty This grade is given when a student applies to withdraw from a course by the deadline

Grades of Incomplete and Their Removal 

Grade Definitions outline the resolution of Incomplete ("INC") grades and their removal. 

Maintaining Satisfactory Progress

The Ph.D. Program takes each student's steady movement toward the doctorate seriously. Student progress is assessed each semester and they must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Relevant Links

Social Welfare students requesting a leave of absence should apply for a leave at least two weeks before the first day of classes for the semester in which the leave is to begin. If the leave is warranted, the EO will forward the application to the Office of the Registrar approving it.

Students who voluntarily withdraw from the Program should Request a Withdrawal to the EO.

Readmissions will be decided by the Admissions Committee on a case by case basis. People seeking readmission will complete the online form and submit it to the Executive Officer. The Admissions Committee will determine what documents if any the person seeking readmission must supply. As part of the deliberation, the Admissions Committee may readmit with conditions and specify expectations for completion of degree. The Admissions Committee will meet once each semester to consider any requests for reapplication for the following semester; the Spring semester meeting will take place during regular admissions deliberations. If admitted, Graduate Center Policy is that submission of a new application restarts time to degree clock and gives them full 7 years.

Readmission Information

General Student Resources

Information and Downloads

Review the following useful Graduate Center resources:

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