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Preparing Scholars to Advance Social Justice

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Work program’s goal is to create scholars who will develop and disseminate new knowledge about interventions, programs, and policies that will advance social justice and improve quality of life and well-being for vulnerable groups of people. Our program fosters deep understanding and appreciation of the scientific method and prepares graduates for careers as social work researchers, educators, and leaders.

Our program offers:

The PhD curriculum includes required coursework, electives, and mentored research opportunities. Required coursework includes:

  • 33 credit-hours of research design, statistics, advanced critical thinking, and teaching methods
  • 9 credit-hours of electives in related social and behavioral science areas

We encourage you to visit our program and talk with our PhD Program Director, faculty, and current students about your educational and professional goals. We look forward to hearing from you.

Testimonials from recent graduates:


Contact the PhD Program

Program Director: Lisa Reyes Mason, PhD,

Administrative Support Assistant III - Knoxville Campus, Ali Giecek,

PhD Program
The University of Tennessee
College of Social Work
301 Henson Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-3333
(865) 974-6607



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