PhD Program

Congratulations Phd Graduates!

Preparing Tomorrow's Scholars

Our PhD program prepares rigorous researchers, scholars, and educators to advance the field of social welfare and social work practice.

Accomplished and dedicated faculty members mentor students to understand and address complex social problems. Students train and collaborate across disciplines and doctoral cohorts.

Students may enroll in courses at other universities in the area through a regional consortium.

Our Latinx Leadership Initiative—which educates future social workers to work with Latinx communities—includes a research seminar for doctoral students interested in working with Latinx populations. 

Boston College is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

Meet Our Faculty

Our faculty’s expertise encompasses health disparities, public policy, neuroscience, gender-based violence, and more. They’re renowned scholars and supportive mentors.

Thanh Tran

Cross-Cultural Research

How can social workers most effectively operate across cultures? Thanh Tran is a trailblazer in the field, and his latest work provides practical, step-by-step guidance for both researchers and students.

Margaret Lombe

International Development

Lombe’s portfolio includes advising the UN on creating more inclusive cities, examining the magnitude of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, evaluating microfinancing in India, and other projects around the world.

Summer Sherburne Hawkins

Policy & Health Disparities

A social epidemiologist who integrates economics into her work, Hawkins has investigated cigarette taxes’ effects on parental and teen smoking. Her other work has included assessments of how policies impact disparities in infant feeding and childhood obesity.

Ph.D. in Social Work

Pursue full-time doctoral studies in social work.

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Our highly selective combined MSW/PhD program allows you to complete two degrees efficiently among a cohort of committed peers.

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BCSSW PhD Candidates and Recent Graduates

Our PhD program attracts students from a variety of backgrounds and with an array of research interests. Here are the Social Work PhD candidates and recent graduates who are currently on the job market.

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