Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)

PhD Student poster presentation at SSWR Conference

PhD Stats

of PhD students receive financial aid guaranteed for three years
of PhD students hold a Graduate Research Position
of PhD students hold a Graduate Teaching Position


Our students graduate from the program with the critical knowledge and skills they need to become innovative stewards of the discipline who generate and disseminate knowledge as researchers, scholars and educators.

Next application deadline is Jan. 5, 2024

We admit a new PhD cohort every other year. The next cohort applications will open Oct. 1, 2023 to Jan. 5, 2024 for a fall 2024 start date.
PhD students and faculty at SSWR conference poster presentation

Unique Curricula

Through a rigorous curriculum, real-world research experience, and individualized mentoring by world-renowned scholars, KUSSW Doctoral Program graduates develop the knowledge and skills to drive discovery and advance the field of social work. 

PhD Student presentation at End of Year DEI Celebration


Full-time doctoral students are guaranteed three years of financial support, as long as student remains in good standing in the program.


Support for a Successful Journey

PhD Students at end of year DEI celebration

Individualized Support

One-on-one faculty mentoring and support throughout the program.
Faculty and PhD student presentation

Added Value Opportunities

Students engaged in research, active PhD Student group, numerous opportunities to provide input and help shape and improve school policies and procedures.
End of the year DEI celebration

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DEI Council, RISE, more than 100 events with specific focus on social justice topics, annual DEI end of the year celebrations, culture that acknowledges, supports, and honors diversity.

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