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College of Social Work


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Ph.D. in Social Work

Earning a Ph.D. in social work at the University of South Carolina will prepare you to provide leadership for social change by conducting community-engaged research into key issues and by educating the next generation of social workers.

The College of Social Work’s Ph.D. program is a rigorous program that combines two and one-half years of coursework with transdisciplinary scholarship.

To drive meaningful change for people and communities in South Carolina and beyond, you can leverage the college’s broad faculty research portfolio, engage with various research centers and tap into diverse research opportunities with partners across the Carolina campus. Most program graduates accept positions in colleges and universities as social work professors while some seek research, policy making or leadership positions in government, research or charitable organizations.