This doctoral program is designed for scholars whose independent research will drive social change to create a more equitable, just and inclusive society. You'll be a vital part of the only social work doctoral program in South Carolina.
Ready to advance the social work profession and promote social change through outstanding teaching and scholarship? Our leading program features challenging and meaningful coursework, mentored research experiences and a collaborative and scholarly environment. Funding packages and ongoing funding support assistance are available.
Join award-winning research among a diverse faculty across a variety of research areas and opportunities for scholarship.
A Supportive Faculty
Learn from faculty members who share a deep commitment to mentoring students and helping them thrive as emerging scholars.
Gain exposure to diverse methodological approaches to develop the expertise that best fits your interests.
Publish and Speak
Apply your work in a range of opportunities for scholarly publications, national presentations and funding applications.
What You’ll Study
Prepare for your career in research and higher education through coursework in research, theory, and quantitative and qualitative methodology designed to be completed in two to three years. You'll be ready to teach the next generation of social work practitioners and to generate new research that drives social change.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential
Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making
Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies
Resolving disagreements or disputes between individuals or groups in a fair and constructive manner
Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports
Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Faculty Member
Job Titles of Alumni
- Associate Professor
- Assistant Professor
- Executive Director
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $82,729
- Health Care
Employers of Alumni
- University of South Carolina
- Winthrop University
- Mecklenburg County