Ph.D. Overview

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The College of Social Work Doctoral Program at FSU offers a Ph.D. with an emphasis in research methods and teaching. We develop well-rounded social work scholars and leaders in research and education by offering hands-on experiences in research and teaching, along with close mentoring by a well-trained, diverse faculty. The curriculum is cutting-edge methodologically and designed to nurture students’ success. The program maintains a proven track record of producing well-rounded scholars who go on to pursue successful careers in academia.

It is the specific mission of the FSU Doctoral Program to develop social work scholars and leaders in research and education who use systematic methods of inquiry and reasoned argument to advance knowledge.

  • It is the primary goal of the FSU Doctoral Program to offer courses and opportunities for experiential learning in systematic methods of inquiry that are sequentially integrated and foster independent capabilities in research and scholarship.
  • Additionally, it is the goal of the FSU Doctoral Program to offer courses and opportunities for experiential learning in adult pedagogy that are sequentially integrated and foster independent capabilities in course conceptualization and instruction.
  • To achieve these goals, the Ph.D. Program holds students to the academic and professional standards and expectations stipulated by Florida State University, the National Association of Social Workers (e.g., NASW Code of Ethics), and the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE).

The college aids students in obtaining scholarships, fellowships, and dissertation funding. Click here to view funding opportunities.

Stephen TripodiDirector:
Stephen Tripodi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
stripodi@fsu.edu