Social Work Complex - A, Room 211
211 South Cooper Street, Box 19129
Arlington, TX 76019
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The majority of the doctoral program’s graduates accept positions conducting research and teaching in universities and research institutions throughout the world. Some graduates choose to work with governmental organizations shaping policies and providing leadership in a managerial or executive capacity.
The MSW program offers a pre-professional degree that prepares individuals to become practitioners and provide direct social work services. In contrast, the Ph.D. program offers the highest level of preparation for research and teaching careers in academic and social welfare institutions worldwide. It should not be confused with a professional practice program. Our doctoral program is designed to produce high-ranking scholars who will make significant contributions to the knowledge base of the profession in social work academia.
The purpose of our program is to produce high-ranking scholars interested in the fields of research, scholarship and teaching. Although opportunities to build practice experience are available through research, our program is not designed for those seeking advanced clinical training.
No. You may apply to the Ph.D. program if you do not have a Master’s degree in Social Work.
However, the large majority of our students have a MSW degree from an accredited school of social work. Applicants who do not have a MSW degree should have experience in human services. In addition, it is important to understand that CSWE accreditation standards currently require that individuals who want to teach practice courses in a social work program must have a MSW and/or BSW degree and at least two years of post-BSW or MSW practice experience.
On average, students take four years to graduate; however, some student complete the program in three years, and some students complete the program in five years.
On the Final Program of Work form (filed in the semester before you graduate), you must have 48 hours/credits. Be aware that you may only count 9 hours of dissertation in the 48-hour total. All students must be enrolled in the Graduate School for the semester in which they complete all graduate degree requirements and apply for graduation. Students defending their dissertation in their final semester must be enrolled in dissertation course (6699, 6999 or 7399) and receive a passing grade.
Yes. Students generally gain a great deal of teaching experience. Most students will teach during the second and third year of the program. The School of Social Work makes a concerted effort to provide doctoral students with opportunities to teach in our BSW and/or MSW program. Students must have successfully completed a teaching course prior to teaching independently.
You can become eligible to be a GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistant) and teach a course on your own after taking the SOCW 6396: Social Work Education: Principles and Skills. If you have had previous teaching experience at the college or university level, this requirement can be waived.
The Social Work doctoral program provides full-time incoming doctoral students with a multi-year funding package that should fund much of your graduate career at the University of Texas at Arlington. We combine fellowship awards, stipends for graduate assistants and graduate teaching assistantships and tuition to offer students three years of funding. Students may also apply for other funding from sources within and outside of the university. You may also fill out a FAFSA and apply for federal aid through the Office of Financial Aid.
Yes, you are eligible for the funding package described above.
Each social work doctoral program is unique. However, on rare occasion we will accept a transfer student. Transfer of course credit is assessed by the Program Director on an individual basis. Courses taken for credit toward a master’s degree cannot be transferred. Inquiries should be directed to the Ph.D. Program Director.
Currently, our PhD program is only offered on a full-time basis. We do not offer a part-time or online PhD program.
The decision to pursue a doctorate requires a major commitment. The most successful students think of the Ph.D. program as another form of employment. Your “job” is to be a full-time student and handle all of the classes, research, teaching assignments, etc. that come with it.
All applications and supporting materials must be received by the application deadline of January 15th for admission the following fall term. We admit students only once a year and all applications are considered at the same time. Applications after the deadline may be considered if space becomes available.
The GRE has been waived for Fall 2021 for admission to the program. International students must submit TOEFL scores. International applicants must submit a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL iBT total score of 90 with sectional scores that meet or exceed 23 for the writing section, 23 for the speaking section, 22 for the reading section, and 22 for the listening section to meet this requirement. When you complete the TOEFL your scores will be sent electronically to Graduate Office of Admissions, Records and Registration through TSI.
We suggest the following to increase your chances of being admitted to the doctoral program:
We consider your career goals and how well they match our program’s goal. We also consider your research interest to make sure that there is a good match between you and a faculty member’s research interest.
The faculty mentoring relationship is an important component of a student’s progression and success in academia. Students work with a variety of faculty members in graduate research positions. Faculty mentoring prepares students for leadership in research, teaching, the application of knowledge and professional practice, and strengthens the values of excellence, mutual respect, collegiality, honesty and integrity.
Yes, our doctoral curriculum is interdisciplinary with the intent on producing graduates who are capable of original research and passionate about advancing the profession’s knowledge base. The Ph.D. program encourages students to develop expertise in other disciplines, as each student must develop a specialization either in another discipline outside the School of Social Work (such as gerontology, sociology, psychology, preventive medicine, business, political science, or policy, planning and development) or in an area where external courses in different departments or schools bear on a specific social problem (such as homelessness).
Applicants are expected to show capacity for advanced academic work and potential for scholarship. The development of competence to design and carry out rigorous research studies relevant to social work is a critical expectation of the Ph.D. program. Applicants are expected to have a master’s degree from an accredited school of social work. Exceptions are sometimes made for students with a master’s degree in a related field who have extensive experience in human services.
We begin notifying students about admissions in the middle of February. Since enrollment is limited, some applicants may be placed on a waiting list pending an available slot. The admissions committee generally interviews applicants.
Because the first-year courses are a structured sequence, all students begin taking courses in the Fall semester.
Working toward a Ph.D. requires a major commitment of time, energy and finances. You should not apply to a Ph.D. program until you are ready to make this commitment.
Many students chose to live close to the campus to have access to the university and its resources. However, some students live in Dallas; other students live in Fort Worth. Students live in a variety of locations in the DFW metroplex.
Applicants to the Ph.D. program must submit the following:
Have transcripts sent by your university to the Graduate School at:
Arlington, TX 76019