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Social Welfare, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #340 (QS) , NY,
The PhD in Social Welfare is a highly flexible interdisciplinary degree program that prepares graduates to be independent social work researchers and scholars. Our PhD students benefit from a small-by-design program that facilitates meaningful connections with peers and mentors. 

About

Students engage with our diverse, dedicated and growing faculty, with particular expertise in trauma, veterans' issues, aging, social policy, and refugee and immigrant communities. Further, students receive stable, generous funding through assistantships and scholarship programs.

Research is a means of social change. Our interdisciplinary PhD program will prepare you for conducting research of consequence in a supportive collaborative environment.

In the program, you will:

  • Create an individual, fully interdisciplinary program of coursework and scholarship.
  • Benefit from a small-by-design program that facilitates meaningful connections with peers and mentors.
  • Participate in the intellectual exchanges and scholarly collaborations fostered by UB’s many research centers and institutes and community partnerships.
  • Engage with our diverse, dedicated and growing faculty, with particular expertise in trauma, veterans’ issues, aging, social policy, and refugee and immigrant communities.
  • Access diverse research opportunities, facilities and support through the Buffalo Center for Social Research.
  • Receive stable, generous funding through assistantships and scholarship programs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description
      4 to 5+ Years
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
    • Social Welfare History and Policy 
    • Diversity and Oppression 
    • Theories of Human Behavior and Development 
    • Theories of Organizational Behavior and Development 
    • Scientific Methods in Social Work 
    • Evaluation in Social Work 
    • Interventions  
    • Field Instruction  

                  English Language Requirements

                  • Minimum required score:

                    6.5

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                  • Minimum required score:

                    79

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                  • Minimum required score:

                    550

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                  Academic Requirements

                  You need the following GPA score:

                  Required score: 3

                  Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                  Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

                    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

                  General Requirements

                  • Master of Social Work (MSW) degree
                  • A bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited/government recognized college or university. Most such degrees will be four or more years in length; UB recognizes some three-year degrees, but not all.
                  • A B-grade (GPA of 3.0) or higher from your bachelor's degree (or equivalent) courses. Grade point averages from non-U.S. universities will be evaluated by UB's Office of International Admissions.
                  • Appropriate standardized test scores

                      Tuition Fee

                      • International

                        24540 USD/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 12270 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
                      • National

                        24540 USD/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 12270 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
                      • In-State

                        6870 USD/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 3435 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
                      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                      Living costs for Buffalo

                      • 920 - 1560 USD/month
                        Living Costs

                      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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