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Prospective Students

  1. Please see the answers below pertaining to receiving an MSW from an international institution without knowing their accreditation status.

    International applicants with a social work or social welfare degree are required to apply as Pre-MSW. Upon offer of admission, the Joint PhD Program will request syllabus information from the degree granting institution for submission to CSWE (Council on Social Work Education). If the MSW degree is equivalent to one earned from an accredited US institution, the admitted student will then be considered Post-MSW.

  2. Tips for Writing a Strong Joint PhD Program Application

    The purpose of this document is to provide the applicant to the University of Michigan’s Joint PhD Program in Social Work and Social Science tips for writing a strong application. This document also provides some insight into the priorities of the program: a Press enter to read full text...

  3. What are my chances of securing employment upon graduation from the Joint PhD Program?

    Because of the quality and breadth of their training, graduates of the Joint PhD Program are heavily recruited nationally and internationally. In the past four years, the majority of graduates have secured tenure-track positions in colleges and universities. Recent graduates have also taken post-doctorate fellowships in leading universities, and have gone to work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

  4. What can I do to improve my chances of admittance to the Joint PhD Program?

    The best thing you can do is begin planning in advance to present a complete and high-quality application. This means doing research to find out who the faculty are in both the School of Social Work and the discipline in which you are interested, and thinking about Press enter to read full text...

  5. What is the "Joint" PhD program?

    The Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science is an interdepartmental program in the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan. It awards a joint PhD in social work and one of three social sciences: anthropology, Press enter to read full text...

  6. What is the average size of the cohort in the program?

    Typically we accept 7-8 students and place a few on the waitlist to yield a cohort size of approximately 5-8.

  7. What kind of funding will be available to me as a Joint PhD student?

    The Joint PhD Program in Social Work and Social Science provides all incoming doctoral students with a multi-year funding package that should fund most, if not all, of your of graduate career at the University of Michigan. We combine fellowship awards, graduate Press enter to read full text...

  8. What social science departments are available for Joint PhD Program students?

    Currently three social science departments are available for joint program students: Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology.

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