Welcome to the PhD Program

PhD Students

Welcome,
I am delighted in your interest in the Doctoral Program at the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. Doctoral education in the Social Work is an exciting, challenging and intellectually growing experience. Our doctoral program prepares students for careers in social work research, policy and teaching. Our graduates hold faculty positions in colleges and universities across the country and have made important contributions to social work practice, education, research, administration and leadership.

About eight students enter our program each year, coming from a variety of regions, countries, educational, and practice backgrounds. We encourage students, upon their entry to the program, to identify an area of interest which they can explore in their course work and assignments. Following a core set of foundational courses, students concentrate in an area of specialization as they move through the program.

Students learn in small classes with a diverse, talented and committed faculty. Students work closely with faculty members on research projects which provide them with hands on experience in the various stages of the research process. It also provides a forum for professional development and academic socialization. Our students publish in professional journals, present at national conferences, and submit research proposals to external funders. Following completion of a Social Work Education class in the second year of the program, students begin teaching independently in the BSW or MSSW program.

Throughout their doctoral studies, students also benefit from a well-developed system of advisement and mentorship. The program offers a variety of supports for career development with regular workshops on professional writing and publication; practice and preparation for job interviews and colloquia presentations of dissertation research. Students also mentor each other in a system of peer mentorship organized by our active Doctoral Student Association.

Our school is located in the diverse community of Arlington which is about midway between Dallas and Fort Worth. The Dallas Fort Worth metroplex offers numerous opportunities in culture, sports and education.

In summary, our students learn in a challenging environment with strong support systems. They enter the academic job market with highly competitive track records in both research and teaching. I encourage you to explore our website. Please email me at beverlyblack@uta.edu or the Program Administrative Assistant, Rita Hay, at ritahay@uta.edu with questions about our program.

Best to you in your future endeavors.
Beverly Black

Get In Touch

Beverly Black
Black, Beverly, Professor
PhD Program Director
beverlyblack@uta.edu
817-272-3928
Faculty Profile
Rita Hay
Hay, Rita
Support Specialist II
ritahay@uta.edu
817-272-3928