Social Work and Social Science
The following is a brief summary of admission deadlines, requirements,
and Academic Program Code(s) for the degree(s) offered in this Department/Program.
For an in-depth description of the program, please see the Program Web
Page. If you want to obtain an online application, it is essential that
you do this by accessing the Program
Web Page. There you will find detailed, program-specific instructions
on how to compose your personal statement of interests, and you will find
the program's own letter of recommendation form that should be used in
place of recommendation form accompanying the generic Rackham application
materials. Important information on how this program establishes relations
between social work and each of the social science disciplines is also
included in the "Information for Applicants" on the Program
Admits Fall term. Deadline for applications is December
1. Please go to http://ssw.umich.edu/programs/doctoral/application.html for complete instructions.
Code: 02073; Academic Program: Social Work & Anthropology, Ph.D.
Code: 02076; Academic Program: Social Work & Economics, Ph.D.
Code: 02077; Academic Program: Social Work & Political Science, Ph.D.
Code: 02074; Academic Program: Social Work & Psychology, Ph.D.
Code: 02075; Academic Program: Social Work & Sociology, Ph.D.
Director: Berit Ingersoll-Dayton
The interdepartmental degree program of doctoral study in social work
and social science is administered by a Supervising Committee drawn from
the faculties of the School of Social Work and the Departments of Anthropology,
Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
The program is designed to prepare persons for careers in
research and teaching, and for certain types of policy development
responsibilities in the social welfare field. It is an interdepartmental
program of study which eventuates in a Ph.D. degree in social
work and one social science discipline. Students who enter this
program without the Master of Social Work degree qualify for
this professional degree in social work as a part of the total
program of study. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of knowledge
and skill in integrating concepts and methods in social work
and one of the social sciences.
In addition to the specific requirements listed below, see
Degrees section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.
Doctor of Philosophy
Students are admitted directly into the doctoral program but
must have completed, or must complete during the course of doctoral
study, the requirements of the Master of Social Work degree.
Admission: Applicants must submit a completed application, transcripts
of graduate and baccalaureate academic records, letters of recommendation,
a personal statement, and a list of publications. Additionally, applicants
may be required to submit department specific items. They must take the
Graduate Record Examination, and may be required to take the Test of English
as a Foreign Language, both offered by Educational Testing Service, Princeton,
New Jersey 08541.
Range of Enrollment: Five to seven calendar years.
Specific Course Requirements: Candidates for the Ph.D.
degree in social work combined with a social science must meet
the requirements of the Graduate School for the doctoral degree
with respect to residence, grade point average, time limit for
completion of work, dissertation, and language requirement, if
one exists for the social science area. See the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies for general regulations. Course requirements
will vary with educational background and professional interest.
The student is expected to take sufficient advanced theory and
research in one social science discipline to satisfy departmental
requirements for a major and minor field in that science. The
student must also meet departmental requirements for training
in research methods; must enroll in at least five advanced courses
in social work; and must have a supervised research experience
in which social science theory and methods are brought to bear
on a problem related to the social welfare field.
Preliminary Examination: Each student is expected to
satisfy the preliminary examination requirement of the respective
department. He or she must also complete satisfactorily a preliminary
examination in social work in an area of study of his/her choice.
Both examinations are supervised by special faculty committees.
Work Experience Requirement: Contact graduate program
Dissertation Prospectus: The dissertation prospectus
must be prepared in conformity with prospectus requirements of
the department and the inter-disciplinary program. It must be
submitted and approved by the dissertation committee.
Candidate Status: After satisfactory completion of
the two preliminary examinations, research experience, and course
requirements, the student is recommended for candidacy. Candidacy requirements are described
in the Doctoral Degrees section of the
Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.
Dissertation Committee: The dissertation shall be prepared under
a dissertation committee appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School
on recommendation of the Director of the Doctoral Program. The dissertation
committee shall have as its co-chairs a faculty member holding an appointment
in the social science department in which the student is specializing
and a faculty member holding an appointment in Social Work. Two additional
committee members are required; one holding a faculty appointment in the
Candidate's Social Science, and one holding an appointment in Social Work.
For information on the dissertation committee, final oral
examination, and publication of dissertation, see the
Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies and the Dissertation Handbook (pdf).
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
University of Michigan
1080 S University Ave, Room 3704
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
Phone: (734) 763-5768
The following courses constitute the range of approved offerings at the time of the assembly of the publication. Not all of the courses listed below are available for registration. Please see the Schedule of Classes on the Office of the Registrar's website for course offerings by term. The final authority for changes in course offerings rests with the academic departments.