Ph.D. On Campus

Social Work

The Ohio State University

60 months
40507 USD/year
37140 USD/year
12424 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Established in 1927, the PhD program in the College of Social Work at Ohio State has a long history of graduates contributing to social change through research as faculty in universities across the United States and around the world. The Social Work program is offered by The Ohio State University.


A doctoral student in Social Work will gain the foundations and expertise necessary for change oriented research and scholarship. Through the mentoring of a faculty advisor and committee, students engage in translational science research and scholarship – moving primary research results into application and dissemination to the social work practice community. The curriculum, candidacy exam, and dissertation are all designed to contribute to this goal. 

The mission of the doctoral program in Social Work is to nurture the next generation of social work researchers and educators within the translational research framework with the ultimate goal of positively impacting the lives of individuals, families, communities, and society. The Social Work program is offered by The Ohio State University.

  • Theory-driven intervention and implementation research
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods to understand the individual, family and community contexts of social problems
  • Mixed methods research to understand the agency and program contexts where interventions are implemented
  • Pedagogical skills to be effective social work educators
  • Grant writing skills for research funding
  • Publishing and presenting

Programme Structure

Doctoral faculty are studying:

  • Afterschool programming for diverse youth
  • Child maltreatment and child well-being
  • Children of immigrant families and social adjustment
  • Community food security and community-based research
  • Culturally competent policy, practice, and research
  • Educational disparities
  • Geographic Information Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The equivalent of a four-year bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited college or university, earned by the expected date of entry into your graduate program.
  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale or equivalent) for the last bachelor's or advanced degree earned.
  • Transcripts or other credentials documenting that you have completed prerequisite academic work.
  • Standardized test score (GRE or GMAT)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    40507 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 40507 USD per year during 60 months.
  • National

    37140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37140 USD per year during 60 months.
  • In-State

    12424 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12424 USD per year during 60 months.

Living costs for Columbus

940 - 1520 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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