Social Work PhD Degree Requirements

Ph.D. Course Curriculum

The curriculum is oriented towards a multidisciplinary understanding of complex issues and problems, and emphasizes the varieties of translational research methods. Forty-eight (48) semester credit hours (SCH) are required for the Ph.D. degree: 39 hours in coursework and 9 hours in Dissertation Research. The student’s program of study encompasses the following courses:

Research

SOCW 8322: Quantitative Research Methods Cr. 3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: SOCW 8320 or consent of instructor. Emphasizes quantitative research methodologies and designs, including experimental, quasi-experimental, and single system designs.
SOCW 8323: Qualitative Research Methods Cr. 3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: SOCW 8397: Applied Multivariate Statistics or permission from the instructor. Prepares doctoral students to use qualitative research methods including the use of appropriate theories, research designs, data collection methods and analysis. Content includes use of grounded theory, ethnography, participation-observation, field research, and document and content analysis. Examples of qualitative research in social work and related fields are examined.
SOCW 8324: Biostatistics Cr. 3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or permission from the instructor.
SOCW 8325: Applied Multivariate Statistics Cr. 3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: SOCW 8324: Biostatistics and doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. Emphasizes the use of the Statistics Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) in applied social work research.
SOCW 8326: Advanced Multivariate Statistics Cr. 3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: SOCW 8325: Applied Multivariate Statistics and doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. Emphasizes advanced multivariate statistical procedures, including MANOVA, MANCOVA, discriminant analysis, logistic regression, and meta-analysis.
SOCW 8327: Grant Writing Cr. 3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. Prepares doctoral students for identifying, planning, collaborating, writing, budgeting, submitting, tracking, revising and managing grants.
SOCW 8336: Research Internship I Cr. 3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. Prepares doctoral students for research experiences by applying an internship experience with an established faculty member.

Theory

SOCW 8333: Social Science Theories Cr.3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing. Examines social science theories and the conceptual frameworks that undergird contemporary social work literature, or which hold strong potential for enhancing social work practice theory or social policy formulations that contribute to institutional change and social justice.
SOCW 8334: Social Policy Analysis Cr.3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing. Examines the present state of knowledge – with particular reference to issues and problems – in social welfare policy. Designed to aid students develop a research focus and to formulate research questions in social welfare policy. Also stressed are the skills to formulate policy hypotheses and disseminate the results of an empirical policy study.
SOCW 8335: Teaching in Higher Education Cr. 3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. Prepares doctoral students for teaching in higher education by applying theories in instructional design and analyzing and pedagogical perspectives and teaching issues relevant to curriculum development.

Dissertation

SOCW 8395: Pre-Dissertation Research Cr. 3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing in social work and the completion of all required and elective coursework. Focuses on preparing for the qualifying exams, refining research skills, defining an appropriate dissertation topic, and developing a dissertation proposal. Students may repeat this course as they move toward an approved dissertation proposal.
SOCW 8399 (3 Cr.); SOCW 8699 (6 Cr.); SOCW 8999 (9 Cr.): Doctoral Dissertation Research
Dissertation hours are taken only on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Electives

Elective courses enable students to develop their specialized interests within the educational objectives of the Doctoral Program. Electives may be taken in the GCSW, or with the advisor’s approval, in other graduate departments of the University of Houston. Students can also take electives at other institutions such as Rice University, UT School of Public Health, Baylor College of Medicine, UT School of Nursing, and Texas Woman’s University. Electives taken at the University of Houston must be designated as 8000 level courses.

Courses taken at other institutions must also be at the doctoral level. Non doctoral-level electives will not count toward the Ph.D., nor will they be computed in the student’s grade point average (GPA).

SOCW 8198 (1 Cr.); SOCW 8298 (2 Cr.); SOCW 8398 (3 Cr.): Independent Study
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing and consent of instructor. Allow students to pursue specialized learning through work with individual faculty.
SOCW 8116: Research Internship II Cr. 1 (1-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. Prepares doctoral students for research experiences by applying a internship experience with an established faculty member.
SOCW 8200: Research Internship III Cr. 2 (2-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. Prepares doctoral students for research experiences by applying a internship experience with an established faculty member.
SOCW 8304: Research Internship IV Cr.3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. Prepares doctoral students for research experiences by applying a internship experience with an established faculty member.
SOCW 8117: Teaching Internship I Cr.1 (1-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. Practice teaching methods and skills with 15 hours teaching practice not limited to classroom teaching.
SOCW 8201: Teaching Internship II Cr.2 (2-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. Practice teaching methods and skills with 30 hours teaching practice not limited to classroom teaching.
SOCW 8303: Teaching Internship III Cr.3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. Practice teaching methods and skills with 45 hours teaching practice not limited to classroom teaching.

Enrollment Plans

Full-Time Course of Study

(Courses are only offered once a year in the semester shown)

Enrollment Plan for Full-Time Course of Study
Course # Course Title SCH

1st Semester (FALL)

SOCW 8334 Social Policy Analysis 3
SOCW 8324 Biostatistics 3
SOCW 8336 Research Internship I 3
  Total 9

2nd Semester (SPRING)

SOCW 8335 Teaching in Higher Education 3
SOCW 8325 Applied Multivariate Statistics 3
SOCW 8322 Quantitative Research Methods 3
SOCW 8116, 8200, 8304 Research Internship II,III, IV 1, 2, 3
  Total 9-12

Summer 1 

 SOCW 8116, 8200, 8304 Research Internship II, III, IV (1-3) 
1, 2, 3
 SOCW 8117, 8201, 8304 Teaching Internship I, II, III (1-3) 1,2, 3
3rd Semester (FALL)
SOCW 8326 Advanced Multivariate Statistics 3
SOCW 8323 Qualitative Methods 3
SOCW XXXX Elective 3
  Total  9-12

4th Semester (SPRING)

SOCW 8333 Social Science Theories 3
SOCW 8327 Grant Writing 3
SOCW 8116, 8200, 8304 Research Internship II, III, IV 1, 2, 3
SOCW 8117, 8201, 8304 Teaching Internship I, II, III 1, 2, 3
SOCW XXXX Elective 3
  Total 9-12
SOCW 8395 Pre-Dissertation Research
(For Continuous Enrollment Purposes Only)
 0
SOCW 8399/8699/8999 Doctoral Dissertation
  Total Credit Hours in Coursework 39
  Dissertation SCH 9
  TOTAL 48 

Part-Time Course of Study

(Courses are only offered once a year in the semester shown)

Enrollment Plan for Part-Time Course of Study
Course # Course Title SCH

1st Semester (FALL)

SOCW 8324 Biostatistics 3
SOCW 8336 Research Internship I 3
  Total 6

2nd Semester (SPRING)

SOCW 8325 Applied Multivariate Statistics 3
SOCW 8322 Quantitative Methods 3
  Total 6

3rd Semester (FALL)

SOCW 8334 Social Policy Analysis 3
SOCW 8326 Advanced Multivariate Statistics 3
  Total 6

4th Semester (SPRING)

SOCW 8117, 8201, 8304 Teaching Internship I, II, III 1, 2, 3
SOCW 8335 Teaching in Higher Education 3
  Total 4-6

Summer 1

SOCW 8116, 8200, 8303 Research Internship II, III, IV 1, 2, 3
  Total 1-3

5th Semester (FALL)

SOCW 8116, 8200, 8303 Research Internship II, III, IV 1, 2, 3
SOCW 8323 Qualitative Research Methods  3
  Total 4-6

6th Semester (SPRING)

SOCW 8333 Social Science Theories 3
SOCW 8327 Grant Writing 3
  Total 6
SOCW 8116, 8200, 8303 Research Internship II, III, IV 1, 2, 3
SOCW 8117, 8201, 8304 Teaching Internship I, II, III 1, 2, 3
  Total 6-9
SOCW 8395  Pre-Dissertation Research
(For Continuous Enrollment Purposes Only)
 0
SOCW 8399/8699/8999 Doctoral Dissertation  
  Total Credit Hours in Coursework 39
  Dissertation SCH 9
  TOTAL 48 

M.S.W./PH.D. Program Dual Program Course of Study (Full-Time Only)

(Courses are only offered once a year in the semester shown)

Course # Course Title SCH

Fall

SOCW xxxx Social Work Foundation 15
  Total 15

Spring

SOCW xxxx Assessment 3
SOCW xxxx Field Practicum II: Advanced 3
SOCW xxxx Evaluation of Practice 3
SOCW xxxx Track Course 3
SOCW xxxx Track Course 3
  Total 15

Summer

SOCW xxxx   MSW Elective 3
SOCW 6393 MSW Elective 3
  Total 6

Fall, YEAR TWO: (M.S.W./Ph.D. Courses)

SOCW xxxx   Track Course 3
SOCW xxxx Track Course 3
SOCW xxxx HBSE Elective 3
SOCW 8115 Social Policy Analysis (MSW credit) 3
SOCW 8324 Biostatistics 3
  Total  15

Spring, YEAR TWO: (M.S.W./Ph.D. Courses)

SOCW xxxx Field Practicum III 3
SOCW xxxx MSW Elective    3
SOCW 8325 Applied Multivariate Statistics 3
SOCW 8322 Quantitative Methods 
3
  Total 12

Summer

SOCW xxxx MSW Elective  3
SOCW xxxx Field Practicum IV 3
  Total 6

Fall, YEAR THREE: (Ph.D. Courses) 

SOCW 8336 Research Internship I 3
SOCW 8326 Advanced Multivariate Statistics 3



SOCW 8323 Qualitative Research Methods 3
  Total 9

Spring, YEAR THREE: (Ph.D. Courses)

SOCW 8335 Teaching in Higher Education 3
SOCW 8333 Social Science Theories 3
SOCW 8327 Grant Writing   3
  Total 9

Summer

SOCW 8197, 8297, 8397 Research Internship II, III, IV 1, 2, 3
SOCW 8197, 8297, 8397 Teaching Internship I, II, III 1, 2, 3
  Total 1-6

Fall, YEAR FOUR: (Ph.D. Courses)

SOCW 8116, 8200, 8303 Research Internship II, III, IV 1, 2, 3
SOCW 8117, 8201, 8304 Teaching Internship I, II, III 1, 2, 3
  Total 1-6
SOCW 8395 Pre-Dissertation Research
(For Continuous Enrollment Purposes Only)
 0
SOCW 8399/8699/8999 Doctoral Dissertation  
  Total Credit Hours in Coursework 39
  Dissertation SCH 9
  TOTAL 48

Dual Degree Program

(MSW students take 6 SCH of PhD coursework as part of their MSW degree plan)
Social Policy Analysis - in place of SOCW 6351: SWPS
Any 3 SCH Ph.D. courses for which they have met the prerequisite in lieu of a 3 SCH MSW elective.