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Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work

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Teaching and Research Opportunities

Our Ph.D. program contributes significantly to the model of strengths and community-based research, service, and education developed by the school. Under the direction of faculty members, many Ph.D. students help with research projects and serve as teaching assistants or as field instructors. For example, doctoral research assistants work in such areas as aging, child welfare, criminal justice, diversity issues, domestic violence, health and disability, child and adult mental health, social policy, and spirituality.

It is part of the school’s mission to focus on teaching, inquiry, and practice that benefit populations who experience oppression of all kinds. The school is committed to diversity and multicultural perspectives. Many of the research and service projects of faculty members and doctoral students are committed to direct and positive impact on people of color, status minorities, and oppressed peoples, individually, collectively, and internationally.

Responsible Scholarship

Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the KU Policy Library.


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