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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


Social Work (SOK)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 44.0701
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BC)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 72
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 42

Contact Information:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Social Work Department (SOK)
13301 Bruce B Downs Blvd MHC 1400
Tampa FL  33612

Program Director or Coordinator:
Sondra Fogel
Phone: 813-974-8416
Email: sfogel@usf.edu

Website: http://socialwork.cbcs.usf.edu/doctorate/


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

The School of Social Work offers a full-time interdisciplinary program leading to a Ph.D. in Social Work. The Ph.D. degree program provides a course of study to prepare graduates for academic and research careers, to provide leadership in research and education committed to excellence in social work practice and to provide leadership in the development of program and services for diverse, vulnerable and underserved populations. Unique to this program is the strategic emphasis on topic areas that align with the strengths of the College, USF, and forecasted direction of the profession. These are: (1) Behavioral Health, (2) Global Issues, (3) Health, (4) Leadership and Business, and (5) Societal Change and Innovation. The degree program leads to the preparation of future scholars and educators to advance social justice and vulnerability issues.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Admission is typically limited to individuals who hold a Master in Social Work from programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or international equivalents. However, applicants without a Master's degree in social work, but with a Master's degree in a related discipline are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case by case basis. The admissions committee may review the degree and request additional material for consideration to the program.

  • A master's degree GPA of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with preferred scores of at least 30th percentile in the quantitative section and at least 50th percentile in the verbal section.
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing applicant's academic and professional capabilities.
  • Applicant's statement that describes reasons for seeking admission to the Ph.D. in Social Work program, career goals, and research interests.
  • Professional writing sample providing evidence of scholarly abilities, such as journal article, book chapter, technical report, thesis, grant application or other comparable work.
  • The admissions committee may request a personal or telephone interview with an applicant to clarify materials submitted.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

Total Minimum Hours: 42 post master's

The Ph.D. degree program requires a minimum of 42 credit hours post MSW/master's degree. In accordance with university policy requiring a minimum of 72 hours post baccalaureate for a Ph.D., a minimum of 30 credit hours from the MSW/master's degree can be applied to this degree's post-baccalaureate's 72 hour minimum. No credit hours for field work/internship will be counted towards the required credit hours for the Ph.D.

Core 15 credit hours
Courses in Area of Strategic Emphasis 9 credit hours
Graduate Research Methods 12 credit hours minimum
Dissertation 2 credit hours minimum

Additional hours in research or area of emphsis/directed studies or dissertation 4 credit hours minimum

Core Requirements 15 credit hours
SOW 74913Theoretical Perspectives in Social Work Research
SOW 79813Scientific Communication and Dissemination Practices
SOW 76163Advanced Clinical Practice With Complex Problems
SOW 77753Critical Issues in Social work
SOW 77763Social Work Educator in the University

Courses in Area of Strategic Emphasis 9 credit hours minimum
Students will also take a minimum of three (3) (9 credit hours) graduate courses in their area of strategic emphasis offered in the College or University.

Graduate Research Methods 12 credit hours minimum
Students will complete three (3) credit hours minimum in Directed Studies
SOW 7917 Directed Studies in Social Work Research (3)
XXX XXXX Research Courses* (9)

*Students will also take a minimum of three (3) (9 credit hours) of graduate research methods course offered in the College or the University.

Additional Hours 4 credit hours minimum
Students should expect to take at least four (4) additional credit hours either in research or area of strategic emphasis, or in directed studies or dissertation hours.

Qualifying Exam
Successful completion of qualifying examinations at the end of coursework prepares the student for Candidacy. Students must successfully pass the School of Social Work qualifying exam in order to be admitted into Doctoral Candidacy.

Dissertation - 2 credit hours minimum
Successful defense of a dissertation consisting of original Social Work research. Students will take a minimum of 2 dissertation credits hours at the time of their defense.

SOW 7980 Dissertation Hours (2)


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —
http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies.php

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

SOW7491, SOW7490, SOW7496, SOW7497, SOW7417, SOW7491, SOW7490, SOW7496, SOW7497, SOW7417, SOW7980, SOW7616, SOW7446, SOW7776, SOW7919, SOW7981, SOW7982,