PhD Student Learning Objectives
The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work PhD program prepares doctoral scientists, scholars and educators who produce impactful research, make significant contributions to the alleviation of suffering, and increase the wellbeing of individuals, families, groups, organizations and society as a whole.
Our doctoral students develop mastery in research methodology, both quantitative and qualitative, and statistics, becoming experts in their chosen area of specialization, and contributing to the academic knowledge base through publications and conference presentations.
Our graduates are ready to take on leadership roles within academia and significant research institutes and to tackle that most significant social problems we face in areas such as homelessness, poverty, incarceration, substance abuse, child welfare, racial and ethnic inequalities, mental health, workplace diversity, global health, and youth unemployment.
Students in Adult Mental Health & Wellness can customize their education experience by pursuing a military social work track. View Tracks.
PhD program learning objectives include: