Social Work, Ph.D., offered jointly with North Carolina A&T State University

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Applicants to the Joint Ph.D. in Social Work must have earned a master's degree in social work from an accredited institution and demonstrate potential for doctoral studies.

In addition to the materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must submit:

  • GRE scores (if requesting a waiver, explain why in the personal statement).
  • A resume/cv that demonstrates the student's:
    • Education
    • Substantive areas of expertise or interest
    • Professional positions
    • Teaching or training experiences
    • Research or grant experiences
    • Professional publications and presentations
    • Professional affiliations, honors, awards
    • Service
  • A personal statement describing their:
    • Professional goals
    • Previous professional/academic experience as evidence of potential for engaging in doctoral-level scholarship
    • Interest in the Joint Ph.D. in Social Work program
    • Research interest they would like to pursue in the doctoral program and a tentative plan for research
  • A sample of professional writing that demonstrates intellectual potential such as a:
    • Research proposal
    • Grant application
    • Professional report or publication
  • Three academic or professional references that attest to the student's academic ability, nature of work performance, commitment to social work values, and ability to conduct scholarship.
  • An interview may be required.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 48-54 credit hours

Required Social Work Courses (15 credits)
SWK 851Foundations and Theories of Multiculturally Informed Social Work Research3
SWK 853Quantitative Methods in Social Work3
SWK 854Qualitative Methods in a Multicultural Context3
SWK 856Community-Engaged Research in Social Work 3
SWK 885Issues and Trends in Social Work 3
Additional Research Requirement (6 credits)
SWK 855Quantitative Data Analysis in Social Work 3
Select one additional course (3 credits) in research methods, which may be from the following or another similar course: *3
Engaging Communication Scholarship II
Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry: A Social Justice Approach
Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling in Education
Hierarchical Linear Modeling
Culturally Responsive Approaches to Research and Evaluation
Survey Research Methods in Education
Intermediate Statistical Methods in Education
Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments
Multivariate Analysis
Applied Multiple Regression
Statistical Applications for Nursing Research
Qualitative Methods for Nursing
Statistical Applications for Nursing Research II
Respiratory Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthesia
Statistical Methods in Psychology I
Statistical Methods in Psychology II
Single Subject Research Design
Nonparametric Statistics
Categorical Data Analysis
Sample Survey Methods
Mixed Methods Research Design in Curriculum and Instruction
Electives (12 credits)
Select 12 credits of elective courses **12
Research Development (3 credits)
SWK 880Research Planning and Development3
Dissertation (12-18 credits)
SWK 799Dissertation12-18
Total Credit Hours48-54

Students should work with their advisor and committee to select course work that facilitates their dissertation method needs. Additional methods courses taken beyond the required credits may count as part of the electives requirement.


Students should meet with their advisor to select courses that meet their professional interests and development. Students may select courses from UNC Greensboro and NC A&T to fulfill the electives requirement. SWK 885 may be repeated one time for a total of 6 credits. NC A&T courses that may count as an elective include:

  • ADED 716 Research in Adult Education
  • ​COUN 709 Statistics and Research Methods
  • COUN 770 Applied Research in Counseling
  • COUN 810 Descriptive & Inferential Statistics
  • COUN 830 Design Methodology & Implementation
  • COUN 865 Analysis of Qualitative Research
  • LEST 815 Research Design and Methodology
  • LEST 860 Qualitative Research
  • LEST 862 Quantitative Research

Required Milestones*

  • Residency (Immersion)
  • Plan of Study
  • Qualifying Exam
  • Research Competency
  • Comprehensive Exam (Written & Oral)
  • Dissertation Proposal
  • Admission to Candidacy
  • Dissertation Defense
  • Filing the Final Approved Dissertation

General information about milestones for doctoral programs is available in Section III of the Graduate Policies page in the University Catalog. For information about how milestones are accomplished for a specific program, please refer to the doctoral program's handbook.