PhD: Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare
Founded in 1952 as one of the first doctoral programs in social welfare in America, the PhD program at the Mandel School is designed to develop leaders in social work research, policy, and teaching. It is a cornerstone of the school, offering doctoral students the unrivaled opportunity to engage with world-renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, and a creative curriculum – all within a supportive environment committed to student success.
Dear Prospective Doctoral Student,
I am delighted in your interest in doctoral education. The Mandel School’s doctoral program offers excellent preparation for careers in social welfare research, policy and teaching. Our highly ranked school has a diverse and nationally recognized faculty committed to doctoral education and to a close and supportive relationship with our doctoral students. We offer a strong program of research in a variety of areas of concern to social workers and a curriculum that prepares social work leaders who demonstrate competency in research, social welfare theory, teaching, and leadership. Our program attracts students from all over the United States and the world.
We strive to support students in a variety of ways—academically and personally. The typical student in our program will work closely with a faculty mentor throughout his or her doctoral training; will have hands-on experience in various phases of the research process; will have opportunities to learn and practice teaching skills; will develop presentations for national professional conferences; and will be actively involved in writing and publication.
In addition to coursework, there are a variety of supports for career development and preparation for leadership in the profession: regular workshops on class and conference presentations and professional writing and publications; colloquia and workshops on research methodology; practice and preparation for job interviews; and colloquia presentations of completed dissertation research. I encourage you to explore our Doctoral Program’s website.
As a Mandel School student, you will be part of the vibrant campus of Case Western Reserve University, which offers interprofessional opportunities with your colleagues in medicine, nursing, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines. You will also be part of Cleveland, a city with a rich philanthropic history and a large array of excellent human service programs.
For questions about our program, please feel free to call my direct line at 216.368.2308 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact our Department Assistant, Helen Menke, at 216.368.2284 or e-mail her at email@example.com with questions or to talk about our application process.
David E. Biegel, Ph.D.
Chair of the Doctoral Program
Henry L. Zucker Professor of Social Work Practice
and Professor of Psychiatry and Sociology
These centers – The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, the Center for Evidence-Based Practices, the Center on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, and the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development – tackle society’s most difficult and complex issues, from urban poverty to youth violence, and investigate and foster the implementation of innovative evidence-based practices.
Our faculty’s work covers the lifespan from prenatal to the elderly, with studies on both micro and macro levels. Findings from the faculty’s research activities continue to be used by human service agencies, county and state governments, and federal agencies to improve practice and service delivery and to impact public policy.
There are many opportunities for doctoral students to become involved with faculty research projects and activities. Full time students receive a three year research fellowship which provides individualized training in social work research methods with a faculty member closely matched with the student’s research interests. Through this fellowship the student will work closely with a faculty mentor through his or her doctoral training; will have hands-on experience in various phases of the research project; will develop presentations for national professional conferences; will be actively involved in writing and publication; and will have opportunities for dissertation research stemming from their research fellowship experience.
In addition to the research fellowship, students can apply for a mentorship in research which provides stipends for students to work with faculty mentors on research projects, students can serve as staff on faculty members’ funded grants, or serve as research assistants at one of the Mandel School’s research centers.
Dr. David E. Biegel, Chair of Doctoral Program
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
11235 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164
Or, reach the Doctoral Program through the Department Assistant Helen Menke: