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College of Social Work

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Ph.D. in Social Work

Earning a Ph.D. in social work at the University of South Carolina will prepare you to provide leadership for social change by conducting transdisciplinary, community-engaged research into key issues and by educating the next generation of social workers.

The College of Social Work’s Ph.D. program is a rigorous program that combines two and one-half years of coursework with transdisciplinary scholarship.

To drive meaningful change for people and communities in South Carolina and beyond, you can leverage the college’s broad faculty research portfolio, engage with various research centers and tap into diverse research opportunities with partners across the Carolina campus. Most program graduates accept positions in colleges and universities as social work professors while some seek research, policy making or leadership positions in government, research or charitable organizations.

The students in the program are wonderful and supportive! For me, it hasn’t seemed like students have an attitude of competing among each other. I like the flexibility to study the area of your choice. There have been very helpful faculty members who really make a difference in my experience.

Sarah Pace

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.