Joint PhD Program Social Work and Social Science

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Joint Programs

Applicants designate a social science in which they plan to specialize.

As a Joint PhD student, you will be a member of a select group of outstanding scholars and researchers who study, collaborate and work in an interdisciplinary environment. Joint PhD students earn an interdisciplinary degree in Social Work and one of five social science fields. Joint PhD students reflect the populations they serve and address society’s challenging issues through scientifically rigorous social and behavioral research.

Top-Ranked Faculty

U-M faculty create a robust interdisciplinary culture and formulate solutions to serious worldwide problems. Together, Joint PhD students mentored by faculty tackle society’s most pressing problems- poverty, homelessness, mental illness, violence towards children and addiction to name a few. U-M faculty empower students to extend their reach, deepen their impact and create real social change.

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World-Class Interdisciplinary Research Institutes and Centers

U-M ranks first in research-and-development spending among the nation's public universities.  U-M's institutes and centers include:

Social Work Joint PhD program offers

  • Generous scholarships (minimum of 5 terms full scholarship)
  • Funded teaching and research opportunities
  • Opportunities for international collaborations and research
  • Funded health care plan
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