PhD Program in Social Work and Social Welfare

Wurzweiler School of Social Work

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The PhD program in social welfare is designed for the working social work professional. The program's objective is to further the education of professionals for scholarly and creative leadership in social work practice, education, social policy, planning, research and administration. Practice and policy issues, both historical and contemporary, provide a focus for studying social work as an institutionally based profession.

Social work theory, philosophy, knowledge, values and skills are explored within the context of current and past practice experiences. Each course provides the student with different and complementary opportunities to explore the relationship between theory and practice, knowledge and action. Courses are offered on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Please see PhD class sequence below.

Please note that to be considered for the MSW/PhD program students must apply also for the PhD program after completing the first semester of the MSW program.



The following are the official designations of Wurzweiler School of Social Work's program codes, as registered  by the New York State Education Department. Students should note that the enrollment in other than a state-approved program may jeopardize their eligibility for certain financial aid awards.

2104 11124 Social Work PhD

Jay Sweifach, DSW, LCSW
Belfer Hall, Room 909A, Wilf Campus

Associate Director
Matthew Cuellar, PhD, MSW
Belfer Hall, Room 926, Wilf Campus