Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Curriculum

PhD in Social Work

 

YearFallSpringSummer
1st

SOWK 812: Historical & Contemporary Issues in Social Work Practice

SOWK 818: Research Methodology

SOWK 822: Organizational Analysis (offered once every 2 years-rotates with SOWK 820)

SOWK 810: Seminar on Theory, Practice, and Research

SOWK 817: Nature of Clinical Knowledge

SOWK 819: Qualitative Methods

SOWK 811: Advanced Statistics

2nd

SOWK 821: Practicum in Research I- Quantitative Methods

SOWK 828: Seminar on Teaching

SOWK 820: Soc. Theory & Soc. Pol.-

(offered once every 2 years-rotates with SOWK 822)

SOWK 831: Practicum in Research-II –Qualitative Methods

SOWK 813: Evaluating Practice

SOWK 829 – Doctoral Teaching Practicum

SOWK 814: Dissertation Planning

Comprehensive Exams

3rd

Electives*

SOWK 827: Doctoral Study**

(pre-dissertation proposal approval-can only take for 2 semesters after comprehensive exams)

Electives*

SOWK 827: Doctoral Study**

(pre-dissertation proposal approval-can only take for two semesters after comprehensive exams)

Year Three through Dissertation Defense

No registration is required.

 4th

Year Four through Dissertation Defense

SOWK 600: Dissertation Supervision**

(post-dissertation proposal approval)

Year Four through Dissertation Defense

SOWK 600: Dissertation Supervision**

(post-dissertation proposal approval)
 

* Three electives are required for a total of 7 credit hours after the 42 hours of required course work. One elective may be an independent study (SOWK 824) with a faculty member.   You may also take courses at other institutions and apply for transfer of credit.  It is recommended that electives and independent studies not be taken until after the required course work is completed.

**A student is considered full-time in the PhD program as long as she or he is registered for either SOWK 827: Doctoral Study, or SOWK 600: Dissertation Supervision. It is not necessary to register for either of these courses during the summer term, but it is imperative that students register for either of these two courses for every fall and spring term until graduation to maintain good standing within the Graduate School.

Time Limit for Completion

Students must complete all Ph.D. degree requirements, including the dissertation, within eight years of beginning the first course at Loyola University Chicago applicable toward the doctoral degree. However, students who completed a relevant master's degree (or a significant amount of relevant graduate coursework) at another institution prior to entering the doctoral program must complete all Ph.D. requirements, including the dissertation, within six years of beginning the first course at Loyola University Chicago applicable toward the doctoral degree.

In addition to these limits, Ph.D. students must also make good progress at the dissertation stage. If a doctoral candidate does not successfully defend and submit the dissertation within five years after becoming a doctoral candidate (by approval of the dissertation proposal), the student will be dropped from candidacy. The student must then pass a second comprehensive examination or program-specific equivalent to be reinstated as a doctoral candidate, and the time limit for submitting the dissertation will be determined by the Dean of the Graduate School and the candidate's committee. Exceptions to the five-year time limit require a petition to the dissertation chair, who forwards the petition to the Graduate Program Director and then the Graduate School.