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Degree Requirements

The total number of credits required for graduation is 96. Students receive 32 hours of credit toward that total for the MSW and, thereafter, at least 64 additional credits are required for graduation. These additional credits include required courses within Jane Addams College , successful completion of a qualifying examination, required coursework outside the college, elective coursework and dissertation credits.

Required coursework within Jane Addams College includes:

SocW 508: Models of Social Work Scholarship & Knowledge Development I - 3 credit hours
SocW 509: Models of Social Work Scholarship & Knowledge Development II - 3 credit hours
SocW 577: Social Welfare History (offered only alternate years) - 3 credit hours
SocW 590: Analysis of Social Work Practice Approaches - 3 credit hours
SocW 591: Social Welfare Policy Analysis and Development - 3 credit hours
SocW 593: Quantitative Methods in Social Work Research (or equivalent) - 3 credit hours
SocW 594: Dissertation Proseminar in Social Work - 3 credit hours

Required coursework outside of Jane Addams College :

Students must complete courses for at least 15 hours of graduate level credit outside the college. At least six of these credits must be in advanced statistics, and at least nine must be in a single substantive area that is supportive of planned dissertation work. A statement describing the identified focus of study, signed by the advisor, must be placed in the student's file prior to the proposal hearing.

Qualifying Examination:

Students demonstrate basic knowledge and competence to pursue their dissertation research by successfully passing qualifying examinations. All students take a research examination and select a second examination in
either social policy or social work practice.   The examinations are
administered as a take-home format during the summer.  Students take the examinations once they have completed SocW 508, 509, 590, 591, and 593.
Students may not register for SocW 594 if they have not passed the qualifying examinations. More information about the examinations is provided in the Doctoral Student Handbook.

Elective coursework:

In addition to the requirements just discussed, at least six additional coursework credits, which may be taken either inside or outside of Jane Addams College , are required. At least three of these credits must be in research methodology supportive of planned dissertation work. Elective proseminars in Social Work Education, Evaluation Research, Intervention Research, and other areas are offered on a regular basis within Jane Addams College.

Dissertation research hours:

Students who are working on their proposals or dissertations will enroll in SocW 599 (dissertation research). Students must register for at least 22 hours of dissertation research credit prior to graduation. Following completion of all credit requirements and the proposal hearing, students may petition to register for zero hours through the doctoral office. The petition, which must also be approved by the graduate college, must be submitted prior to the beginning of the term in which zero hours registration is desired.

Specific Degree Requirements

1. MSW credits
32
2. Required JACSW Courses:
21
SocW 508 Models of Social Work Scholarship and Knowledge Development I
3
SocW 509 Models of Social Work Scholarship and Knowledge Development II
3
SocW 590 Analysis of Social Work Practice Models
3
SocW 591 Social Welfare Policy Analysis and Development
3
SocW 593 Quantitative Methods in Social Work Research
3
SocW 594 Dissertation Proseminar in Social Work
3
3. Fifteen Required Coursework Credits Outside JACSW
15
9 credits in one substantive research area
6 (or more) credits in advanced statistics
4. Additional coursework credits (6 required--either in JACSW or outside)
6
At least 3 credits in Advanced Research Methodology
 
5. Required Dissertation Credits
22
TOTAL
96 CREDITS MINIMUM

 

Doctoral Program Typical Timeline

The doctoral program usually involves a minimum of three years of study. The major emphasis in each year is summarized below and presented in detail in the sections that follow:

YEAR 1

  • Complete required core social work courses, except Dissertation Proseminar

YEAR 1 OR 2

  • Complete Social Work Practice or Policy Qualifying Examination in summer before 2nd year coursework
  • Pursue course of study to support substantive and research interest
  • Complete residency requirement

YEAR 2

  • Complete Dissertation Proseminar
  • Prepare dissertation proposal
  • Secure approval of dissertation proposal at hearing
  • (For reduced load students, complete coursework)

YEAR 3-4

  • Dissertation research or defense

YEAR 5-7

  • Continuation of dissertation research or defense if required