Social Work, Ph.D., offered jointly with North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro offers a joint doctoral degree in social work (JPhD). Grounded in two richly historic universities, one a historically Black college or university (NCATSU) and the other the historical women’s college of the University of North Carolina system (UNC Greensboro), the program is built on the cornerstones of diversity, multicultural responsiveness, and community engagement. Students in the program will receive the benefits and privileges of being enrolled on both campuses and the degree will include the seals and official signatures from both universities. The curriculum encourages students to explore several aspects of research including quantitative, qualitative, and community-engaged approaches. Additionally, students are encouraged to use electives to explore other areas or specialization in a particular area. Using the teacher/scholar model, the JPhD program encourages students to prepare for careers in academia and as leaders in the community.
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:
- Substantive areas of expertise or interest
- Professional positions
- Teaching or training experiences
- Research or grant experiences
- Professional publications and presentations
- Professional affiliations, honors, awards
- 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 credit hours
|Required Social Work Courses (15 credits)|
|SWK 851||Foundations and Theories of Multiculturally Informed Social Work Research||3|
|SWK 853||Quantitative Methods in Social Work||3|
|SWK 854||Qualitative Methods in a Multicultural Context||3|
|SWK 856||Community-Engaged Research in Social Work||3|
|SWK 885||Issues and Trends in Social Work||3|
|Additional Research Requirement (6 credits)|
|SWK 855||Quantitative 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|
|Culturally Responsive Approaches to Research and Evaluation|
|Survey Research Methods in Education|
|Intermediate Statistical Methods in Education|
|Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments|
|Structural Equation Modeling in Education|
|Hierarchical Linear Modeling|
|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|
|Categorical Data Analysis|
|Sample Survey Methods|
|Mixed Methods Research Design in Curriculum and Instruction|
|Electives (12 credits)|
|Select 12 credits of elective courses **||12|
|Dissertation (15 credits)|
|Total Credit Hours||48|
Students should work with their advisor and committee to select coursework 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 Issues and Trends in Social Workmay be repeated one time for a total of 6 credits. NC A&T courses that may count as an elective include:
Once students have completed 18 credits of coursework, they must successfully complete a qualifying process in order to move forward in the program.
All students must complete a written and oral comprehensive exam after coursework is completed.
Dissertation Proposal and Defense
All students must complete a dissertation proposal, oral defense of the proposal, and an oral defense of the completed dissertation.