748 USD/credit 67320 USD/full
748 USD/credit 67320 USD/full
521 USD/credit 46890 USD/full
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The Ph.D. Program in Social Work and Social Research at Portland State University educates the next generation of scholars, researchers, teachers, and leaders in social work and related fields. 

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Students will be prepared to contribute to scholarly knowledge, conduct ethical, rigorous, and community-engaged research, and teach passionately and effectively in various settings--all with special attention to equity and justice.

The Social Work and Social Research program at Portland State University admitted its first cohort in 1992, and since then doctoral graduates have been hired into tenure-track academic positions in universities across the country. Many conduct research as principal investigators on major research projects, and others hold leadership roles in diverse communities and at social service organizations.

The program employs an innovative curriculum that prepares graduates to become leading academics, researchers, and scholars. It is rigorous, relevant, and responsive to the future of social work education and scholarship and continues its focus on the promotion of social and economic justice for the improvement of communities.


Since our first cohort was admitted in 1992, more than 50% of our doctoral graduates have gone on to tenure-track academic positions at universities across the nation, approximately 20% are in principal investigators positions at major research projects, and 30% have leadership roles in diverse communities and social service agencies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • PhD Seminar First Year
  • PhD Seminar Second Year
  • Substantive Are Conceptualization
  • Substantive Area Investigation
  • Teaching and Learning in Health Promotion and Social Work
  • Philosophy of Science for Social Sciences
  • Qualitative Research Methods for Social Inquiry

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines


90 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Provide current contact Information and personal information (DOB, race/ethnicity, veteran status, etc.).
  • Select the program option and term for admission (fall term only) you are applying for.
  • Provide your residency status for tuition purposes.
  • List every post-secondary institution attended.
  • Provide Scanned copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended regardless of the number of credits earned. Submit both front and back sides of each page of scanned transcripts.
  • Note that applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent of a graduate GPA of 3.0.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    67320 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 748 USD per credit
  • National

    67320 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 748 USD per credit
  • In-State

    46890 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 521 USD per credit

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

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


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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