PhD Course Curriculum

Available to students entering the GCSW in Fall 2015 or later*:

Our curriculum is oriented towards evidence-based social work (EBSW) and research on the translation of evidence-based interventions and policies in real world social work and social welfare settings. Students are trained to generate and use valid research evidence to inform the decisions social workers make at all levels of practice and policy. By training our students in EBSW, we increase the capacity of our profession to build interdisciplinary partnerships in both research and practice.  Fifty-three (53) semester credit hours (SCH) are required for the Ph.D. degree: 44 hours in coursework and 9 hours in dissertation research. Coursework includes three EBSW research methods courses, statistics and data management courses, theory, social welfare policy analysis, teaching in higher education, grant writing, substantive electives, and a Research Internship designed to allow for the application of translational research skills in a real world social work/social welfare setting. The curriculum is presented below in detail:

Full-Time Curriculum: PhD Social Work | Part-Time Curriculum: PhD Social WorkMSW/PhD Dual Degree CurriculumCourse Descriptions | Electives

*Students who entered the GCSW prior to Fall 2015 shall continue pursuing your current curriculum degree plan. Please see your Academic Advisor for more information. 

Illustration of Full-Time Curriculum: PhD Social Work

Course # Course Title SCH

Year 1 (Fall, 1st Semester)

SOCW 8311 Research Methods I: Introduction to Research on Evidence-Based Social Work 3
SOCW 8324 Statistics and Data Analysis I 4
SOCW 8334 Social Welfare Policy Analysis 3
  Total Semester SCHs 10

Year 1 (Spring, 2nd Semester)

SOCW 8322 Research Methods II: Quantitative Research on Evidence-Based Social Work 3
SOCW 8425 Statistics and Data Analysis II 4
SOCW 8333 Social Science Theories 3
  Total Semester SCHs 10

Year 1 (Summer, Enrollment Not Required) 

  Optional 8000-level Elective(s)

Year 2 (Fall, 3rd Semester)

SOCW 8323 Research Methods III: Qualitative Research on Evidence-Based Social Work 3
SOCW 8335 Teaching in Higher Education 3
Elective 8xxx Elective (outside GCSW recommended: statistics, substantive topic, theory, etc. 3
  Total Semester SCHs

Year 2 (Spring, 4th Semester)

SOCW 8338 Integrative Doctoral Seminar 3
SOCW 8343 Data Software and Analysis 3
SOCW 8327 Grant Writing 3
  Total Semester SCHs

Year 2 (Summer, 5th Semester) 

 SOCW 8336 Reseach Internship I  3
  Total Semester SCHs

Year 3 and Beyond

Elective 8xxx Required Elective (outside GCSW recommended: statistics, substantive topic, theory, etc.) 3
SOCW 8395 (Pre-Dissertation Research - NOT required: for continuous enrollment purposes ONLY) (3)
SOCW 8399, 8699 or 8999 Doctoral Dissertation Research (9 required) 3, 6 or 9
  Total SCHs Year 3 and Beyond 12 
  Total SCHs for Required Coursework 44 
  Total Required Dissertation SCHs
  TOTAL SCHs REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 53 

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Illustration of Part-Time Curriculum: PhD Social Work

Course # Course Title SCH

Year 1 (Fall, 1st Semester)

SOCW 8311 Research Methods I: Introductin to Research on Evidence-Based Social Work 3
SOCW 8424 Statistics and Data Analysis I 4
  Total Semester SCHs 7

Year 1 (Spring, 2nd Semester)

SOCW 8322 Research Methods II: Quantitative Research on Evidence-Based Social Work 3
SOCW 8425 Statistics and Data Analysis II 4
  Total Semester SCHs 7

Year 1 (Summer, Enrollment Not Required)

Year 2 (Fall, 3rd Semester)

SOCW 8323 Research Methods III: Qualitative Research on Evidence-Based Social Work 3
SOCW 8334 Social Welfare Policy Analysis 3
  Total Semester SCHs 6

Year 2 (Spring, 4th Semester)

SOCW 8333 Social Science Theories 3
SOCW 8343 Data Software and Analysis 3
  Total Semester SCHs 6

Year 2 (Summer, Enrollment Not Required)

Year 3 (Fall, 5th Semester)

SOCW 8335 Teaching in Higher Education 3
Elective 8xxx Elective (outside GCSW recommended: statistics, substantive topic, theory, etc.) 3
  Total Semester SCHs 6

Year 3 (Spring, 6th Semester)

SOCW 8338 Integrative Doctoral Seminar 3
SOCW 8327 Grant Writing 3
  Total Semester SCHs 6

Year 3 (Summer, 7th Semester)

SOCW 8336 Research Internship I 3
  Total Semester SCHs 3

Year 4 and Beyond

Elective 8xxx Required Elective (outside GCSW recommended: statistics, substantive topic, theory, etc.) 3
SOCW 8395 (Pre-Dissertation Research - NOT required: for continuous enrollment purposes ONLY) (3)
SOCW 8399, 8699 or 8999 Doctoral Dissertation Research (total 9 SCHs required) 3, 6 or 9
  Total SCHs Year 4 and Beyond 12
  Total SCHs for Required Coursework 44 
  Total Required Dissertation SCHs
  TOTAL SCHs REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 53 

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Illustration of MSW/PhD Dual Degree Curriculum 

Course # Course Title SCH

Year 1 (Fall, 1st Semester)

SOCW xxxx Social Work Foundation 15
  Total Semester SCHs 15

Year 1 (Spring, 2nd Semester)

SOCW 7325 Assessment 3
SOCW 6393 Field Practicum II: Advanced 3
SOCW 7367 Policy 3
SOCW 7xxx Concentration Course 3
SOCW 7xxx Concentration Course 3
  Total Semester SCHs 15

Year 1 (Summer, 3rd Semester)

SOCW xxxx MSW Crossover Elective Course 3
SOCW 7xxx MSW Elective 3
  Total Semester SCHs

Year 2 (Fall, 4th Semester)

SOCW 7305 Evaluation of Practice 3
SOCW 7xxx Concentration Course 3
SOCW 7xxx Concentration Course 3
SOCW 8411 Research Methods I: Introduction to Research on Evidence-Based Social Work  3
SOCW 8424 Statistics and Data Analysis I 4
  Total Semester SCHs 16 

Year 2 (Spring, 5th Semester) 

SOCW 7xxx HBSE Elective Course 3
SOCW 7xxx MSW Elective 3
SOCW 8422 Research Methods II: Quantitative Research on Evidence-Based Social Work (MSW Elective at PhD Level) 3
SOCW 8325 Statistics and Data Analysis II 4
SOCW 8333 Social Science Theories  3
  Total Semester SCHs 16 

Year 2 (Summer, 6th Semester)

SOCW 7384 Field Practicum III 3
SOCW 7385 Field Practicum IV 3
SOCW 8xxx Elective (MSW Elective at PhD Level) 3
  Total Semester SCHs

Year 3 (Fall, 7th Semester)

SOCW 8323 Research Methods III: Qualitative Research on Evidence-Based Social Work 3
SOCW 8335 Teaching in Higher Education 3
SOCW 8334 Social Welfare Policy Analysis 3
  Total Semester SCHs 

Year 3 (Spring, 8th Semester)

SOCW 8338 Integrative Doctoral Seminar 3
SOCW 8343 Data Software and Analysis 3
SOCW 8327 Grant Writing 3
  Total Semester SCHs 

Year 3 (Summer, 9th Semester)

SOCW 8336 Research Internship I 3
  Total Semester SCHs 

Year 4 and Beyond

Elective 8xxx Elective (outside GCSW recommended: statistics, substantive topic, theory, etc.) 3
SOCW 8325 (Pre-Dissertation Research - NOT required: for continuous enrollment purposes ONLY) (3)
SOCW 8399, 8699 or 8999 Doctoral Dissertation Research (total 9 SCHs required) 3, 6 or 9
  Total SCHs Year 4 and Beyond  12 
  Total SCHs for Required Coursework 101
  Total Required Dissertation SCHs 9
  TOTAL SCHs REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
110 

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Course Descriptions

SOCW 8311: Research Methods I: Introduction to Evidence-Based Social Work Cr. 3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. This course examines the range of designs and methods involved in formulating and conducting social research, with an emphasis on the development of knowledge essential for utilizing and building the empirical knowledge base for evidence-based social work.
SOCW 8322: Research Methods II: Quantitative Research on Evidence-Based Social Work Cr. 3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: SOCW 8311. Emphasizes quantitative research methodologies and designs, including experimental, quasi-experimental, and single system designs.
SOCW 8323: Research Methods III: Qualitative Research on Evidence-Based Social Work Cr. 3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: SOCW 8322. Pre-requisite: Doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. Examines the range of methods involved in formulating and conducting qualitative social research, with an emphasis on building empirical knowledge for evidence-based social work.
SOCW 8324: Statistics and Data Analysis I: Cr. 4 (4-0)
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. Explores the application of descriptive and inferential statistics in social and behavioral sciences research via a weekly 3-hour lecture and 1-hour computer lab.
SOCW 8325: Statistics and Data Analysis II Cr. 4 (4-0)
Prerequisite: SOCW 8324.  Pre-requisite: SOWC 8424 or permission from instructor. Explores the application of multivariate statistics in social and behavioral sciences research via a weekly 3-hour lecture and 1-hour computer lab.
SOCW 8343: Data and Software Analysis Cr. 3 (3-0)
Prerequisite: SOCW 8325 or permission from the instructor. This course will focus on the use of computer software for quantitative and qualitative data management and 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 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 Welfare 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.
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.
SOCW 8338: Integrative Doctoral Seminar Cr. 3 (3-0)
Pre-requisite: Doctoral standing or permission from the instructor. Integration of knowledge and skills to promote the academic and scholarly development of advanced doctoral students, with the input of the instructor and peers.
SOCW 8395: Pre-Dissertation Research Cr. 3 (3-0)
Pre-requisite: Doctoral standing in social work and the completion of all required 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. THIS COURSE IS NOT REQUIRED AND SERVES ONLY TO MEET THE CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENT . Semester credit hours received by taking this course are not applied to the total required for the degree.
SOCW 8399 (3 Cr.); SOCW 8699 (6 Cr.); SOCW 8999 (9 Cr.): Doctoral Dissertation Research 
Pre-requisite: Successful defense of dissertation proposal. Dissertation hours are taken only on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. 

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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. (Please see academic Advisor for approved list of courses offered outside of the GCSW)

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). 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.
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.

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