Social Work
University of Mississippi

PhD Program Mission

The PhD in Social Welfare program in the Department of Social Work at the University of Mississippi is committed to nurturing the next generation of social work educators and researchers so that they contribute to the creation of the knowledge base of our profession and positively impact the lives of our client populations.

The overall learning outcome objectives for doctoral students are as follows:

• To become leaders in examining and addressing the needs of diverse, vulnerable and at- risk populations.

• To contribute to the development and dissemination of knowledge about social work interventions.

• To demonstrate mastery of a broad knowledge base in social work and develop expertise in a specialized field of study germane to each student’s research interests.

• To be able to design and effectively carry out quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods research investigations.