Scholars for 21st Century Challenges
Students admitted to our PhD program pursue a customized course of study in an atmosphere of highest regard for scholarship and careful mentoring from faculty who are top ranked in the nation for funded research.
Pursuing a PhD at USC places you in the center of Los Angeles with an exclusive opportunity to develop and test research in one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world.
Should I Pursue a PhD in Social Work?
Michael Hurlburt, associate professor, encourages all students interested in graduate level social work to consider the benefits, challenges and potential career paths associated with a PhD.
USC PhD Achievement Award
Tasha Perdue, PhD '21, received the 2021 USC PhD Achievement Award, one of six PhD students the university annually recognizes for their exceptional academic profiles.