Ph.D. On Campus

Social Welfare

Case Western Reserve University

24 months
1550 USD/credit 29450 USD/year
1550 USD/credit 29450 USD/year
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The purpose of the Social Welfare program of the Case Western Reserve University is the preparation of scholars, teachers, and leaders to generate new knowledge on the policies and programs of social welfare and the practice of social work.


About the Program

Accordingly, we emphasize the creative and evaluative skills necessary for independent inquiry. The Social Welfare program of the Case Western Reserve University prepares students to be knowledgeable in the following:

  • Relevant areas of the social and behavioral sciences
  • Research design, statistics, qualitative methods, mixed methods, and the philosophy of science
  • Theory-building and theories of social welfare
  • Methods for the application and transmission of knowledge in the human services

The program core emphasizes philosophical and scientific approaches to theory development, the content and boundaries of theoretical social welfare, statistics, and advanced research methodologies, and the social and behavioral science foundations underpinning social welfare programs and social work practice.

The area of specialization enables the student to apply social science theory, analytical approaches, and research tools to a social problem or issue in social work. Students are encouraged to focus on a substantive social problem during the period of specialization. This facilitates the development of a dissertation proposal. Permeating the content of the entire program is a focus on the development and transmission of knowledge as a part of an educational process.

To prepare students for academic careers in social work education is an integral part of the educational plan. Teaching mentorships and classroom teaching experiences are available.

Students can pursue special interests through individual reading and research projects. In addition, regular course offerings in other departments of the university are available to students. Practical experiences in faculty-conducted research projects are made available to doctoral students.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophy of Science and Theory Building
  • Advanced Research Design
  • Social Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Measurement Issues in Quantitative Research
  • Seminar on Social Work Education
  • Structural Equation Modeling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


38 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A master’s degree from an accredited school of social work or a master’s degree in a related field and demonstrate a superior record in undergraduate and graduate studies
  • Admission considerations include practical experience in social welfare; letters of reference; and competency in written and spoken English
  • Unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution directly onto the application. ONLY if you are admitted, then you will be required to submit official transcripts
  • Students from non-English speaking countries must submit results of the TOEFL, taken within the past two years
  • One writing example (not exceeding 25 pages) of a recent, single or co-authored work of scholarly writing that provides evidence of your capacity to think analytically and critically about a social welfare issue
  • Written personal statement.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1550 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    29450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1550 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • Up to 11 credit hours per semester: 1,550 USD per credit
  • 12 to 18 credit hours per semester: 23,250 USD per semester


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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