Headquartered at IUPUI
Locations on 8 IU Campuses

Full Time PhD Program

Director: Margaret E. Adamek, Ph.D.

Focus of Program: Research and knowledge building

Career Paths of Graduates: Research, teaching, consulting, and policy advocacy

Credits: Total of 90 credit hours (up to 30 may be transferred from MSW or related degree programs)

IMPORTANT:  Please email the Director at madamek@iupui.edu to let her know that you have submitted your application online.

Admission Requirements:

  1. On-line graduate application http://www.iupui.edu/~gradoff/admissions/
  2. Undergraduate and master's transcripts. Graduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale is preferred.
  3. GRE test scores within the last five years. Institution Code: 1325, Social Work Code: 5001
  4. A personal statement (about 750 words) outlining the applicant's reasons and preparation forseeking a PhD in social work. (Submitted as part of the online application).
  5. Three letters of reference. (Can be submitted online preferably by former instructors).
  6. A professional resume.
  7. A scholarly writing sample.

International Applicant? http://international.iupui.edu/

Admissions Deadline: February 1st is the priority deadline to be considered for University and School funding, including the Indiana University Fellowship. Other applications for fall entry will be considered if received by April 1st.

Number of students admitted: Six to eight students are accepted per year

Number of students in program: Over 50

Course requirements:

  • Four Social Work core seminars (12 credits)
  • Four External Minor courses (12 credits)
  • Philosophy of science/research methods courses (12 credits)
  • Research Internship (6 credits)
  • Open electives (6 credits)
  • Dissertation (12 credits)

Qualifying Paper: Written qualifying paper and oral defense required for admission to doctoral candidacy

Dissertation requirements: Original piece of research, oral defense

Tuition Waiver: Tuition waived for full-time doctoral students on Research Assistantships or Fellowships.

Full time or Part time: Program available for both full and part-time students.

Length of study: 4 to 6 years depending on full or part-time study.

Financial Assistance: University Fellowships ($22,500, plus $1,000 travel allowance, full tuition, and health insurance); IU Presidents’ Diversity Fellowship (multi-year fellowship including stipend, full tuition, health insurance and travel funds), and Graduate Research Assistantships ($15,000 stipend plus tuition and health insurance).

Research opportunities: Primary areas of faculty research expertise include: mental health, racial and cultural diversity, gerontology, family and children services, juvenile corrections, and housing & health care.

External Minor: All Ph.D. students complete an External Minor in a department or school other than the School of Social Work. This enables students to tie their research interests to another academic discipline (e.g., African American Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Women's Studies, etc.) and professional schools (e.g., Education, Public and Environmental Affairs, Medicine, Philanthropy, Nursing) available on both the Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses.