Program Format and Delivery

This flexible program uses faculty and mentoring resources throughout North America and balances group learning with individually tailored instruction.

The format enhances access by employed social workers and by those in remote and rural areas. Scholars may complete a portion of their program requirements from an off-campus location. To facilitate course delivery, all scholars must have internet access.

The PhD program includes at least twenty-four credit hours in regulation graduate courses, including:

  • six credit hours in foundation courses;
  • six credit hours in advanced practice courses, or three credit hours in advanced practice courses and three credit hours in social work education;
  • nine credit hours in research;
  • and one three credit internship chosen from the Internships in Advanced Social Work Practice, in Social Work Education, or in Social Work Research.

Course work begins in May and is completed over five semesters. Scholars must attend two full time spring semester residencies and complete fall and winter semester courses either on or off campus. The spring semester is a lovely time to be in the coastal city of St. John's, Newfoundland.

A scholar in our PhD program in Social Work normally takes the in her/his seventh semester.
Completion of a Doctoral Thesis is required.