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Joint PhD Program FAQ

Prospective Students

  1. 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.

  2. 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...

  3. 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 four social sciences: anthropology, Press enter to read full text...

  4. 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...

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

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

  6. When is the application deadline for the Joint PhD Program?

    All applications and supporting materials must be received by the application deadline of November 18th each year, for admission the following fall term. We admit students only once a year, and all applications are considered at the same time.

  7. Why should I apply to the Joint PhD Program?

    If you are interested in pursuing a career that involves developing and using knowledge to contribute to the amelioration of social problems and to improvements in the quality of the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, it is hard to imagine a better Press enter to read full text...

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