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Ph.D. Social Work Program

Ph.D. Social Work Program

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Thank you for your interest in the Ph.D. Program in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington! Your passion for research and education will find good support in our Ph.D. program, which prepares graduates to advance the social work knowledge base by engaging in meaningful and innovative research to address social problems. Our graduates become faculty members in universities around the world and take the lead in research, policy, and social work education for the purpose of promoting a just society.

 Our Ph.D. students are from different countries and regions and exemplify diversity in their education and practice backgrounds. Please see our Ph.D. students’ profile here.

Our students have extensive opportunities of having hands-on research experience in faculty’s research projects, such as those funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities. Our students publish in professional journals, present at academic conferences, and assist with the submission of external grants through a well-developed mentoring, training, and advising system. Students are supported through a variety of development programs such as individual mentoring, writing and publication workshops, and teaching assistance workshops.

We provide a supportive, collaborative, and nurturing environment for Ph.D. students to learn in small classes with devoted faculty. Students will be well-prepared to teach after graduation and have numerous opportunities to teach independently in the BSW or MSW program.

In addition, Ph.D. students will become part of a community that cares here at UT Arlington. There are many opportunities for engaging with faculty members in formal and informal gatherings, such as research colloquiums and social events. Please see our faculty profile here. All Ph.D. students become members of the Doctoral Student Association, which provides peer mentorship and support throughout the program.

Our school is located in the fast-growing and diverse community of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Metroplex. The convenient location provides unique research, education, and practice opportunities.

We look forward to working with you!

Katherine Sanchez, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs


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Katherine Sanchez

Katherine Sanchez, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs

Aaron Hagedorn

Aaron Hagedorn, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs

Sherry A. Willis

Sherry A. Willis
Administrative Assistant I