The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

PhD Program



Doctor of Philosophy of Social Work Program

 

PhD Program General Degree Requirements

Requirements:

  1. All University requirements as stated in The University of Tennessee Graduate Catalog.
  2. A minimum of 66 semester credit-hours beyond the MSSW, including
    1. completion of 33 credit-hours of required course work,
    2. completion of 9 credit-hours of advanced electives, and
    3. completion of at least 24 credits of dissertation research.
  3. Successful completion of the comprehensive examinations.
  4. Completion and defense of the three research articles that constitute the dissertation.

Curriculum:

The curriculum of the PhD program consists of required course work, electives, and mentored research opportunities. The foundation curriculum consists of 33 credit-hours in research methodology, statistics, advanced critical thinking, and college teaching methods. The electives consist of 9 credit-hours in related social and behavioral science areas.

The following is the required course work:

SW601, 602 Research for Social Work Practice I, II 3,3 hrs.
SW605, 606 Analysis of Social Work Data I, II 3,3 hrs.
SW626 Critical Thinking for Science and Research 2 hrs.
SW628 Critical Review of Research Literature 3 hrs.
SW603 Research III: Funded Research and Grant Writing 3 hrs
SW630 Research Practicum 1 hr.
SW675 Teaching Methods in Social Work 2 hrs.
SW676 Social Work Pedagogy in Online Environments 1 hr.
SW631 Research Practicum 1 hr.
SW680 Professional Development for Social Work Scholars 2 hrs.
SW632 Research Practicum 1 hr.
SW677 Teaching Practicum 1 hr.
SW 678 Teaching Practicum II 1 hr.

A student working full time on the dissertation registers for up to 12 hours of Social Work 600 (Research and Dissertation) per semester after completing required and elective courses and passing the comprehensive examination..

Examinations:

All doctoral students are required to pass the comprehensive examination and an oral defense of the research proposal after their second year of course work. The comprehensive examination consists of a major paper that demonstrates the student's knowledge of a substantive area and the student's ability to integrate that knowledge with the foundation content of the program. This paper is the first paper in the student?s three-paper dissertation.


 

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