Secret, Dr. Mary C.
Interim Director, Ph.D. Program in Social Work
Social Work, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Fall (full time or part time)
Applications received by Feb 15 given priority for financial aid
In addition to GRE General test, applicants must submit a writing sample.
VCU’s Ph.D. in Social Work Program is a research-oriented educational enterprise with a mission to develop scholars and leaders for education and practice in human services. Its vision is a program that builds and nurtures students’ intellectual curiosity, creativity and courage, as well as their desire to “make a difference.” The program is built around excellence in teaching, mentorship and socialization of students, as well as collaborative involvement in the program by its diverse faculty. Graduates of the program become active in teaching, consultation, research, practice and program evaluation, staff and program development, policy analysis, and advocacy. They are employed in universities and colleges, and in human service organizations and agencies at the local, state, national and international levels. In all the program’s activities and events, emphasis is placed on the following areas:
The program’s specific educational objectives are achieved and demonstrated by the students through a number of formal and informal mechanisms: required and elective course work, independent study and directed research, a comprehensive exam process, and the dissertation process. The objectives are as follows: