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Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. Program in social work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is designed to produce graduates who are capable of building and testing explanatory and practice theory to guide social interventions in social work. It includes thorough training in research methodology and data analysis for addressing both basic and applied research questions. It is not designed to add to clinical or practice skills.

Students define a specialized area of study that focuses their assignments and guides their research experiences. It is anticipated that graduates will pursue careers involving scholarly activity and basic and applied research in either academic, research, or policy settings.


Ph.D. Curriculum

Information Sessions

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
UNC School of Social Work, room 500

Friday, November 16, 2018, time TBD
NASW-NC Fall Conference, Asheville, NC

Friday, November 30, 2018, 1-3 p.m.*
UNC School of Social Work, room 227

*This session will be broadcast live. When you register, please note if you will attend on campus or online.

RSVP to: Brenda Vawter, Doctoral Program Manager
919-962-6477 or


Contact information

Brenda Vawter
Doctoral Program Manager

Mimi V. Chapman, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean for Doctoral Education, School of Social Work