Ph.D. Department in the School of SOCIAL WORK

PROGRAM OVERVIEW, ADMISSIONS, FINANCIAL AID & CURRICULM

Program Overview

Morgan State University's Ph.D. department within the school of social work is uniquely designed to prepare students for leadership roles in urban social work research, urban policy analysis and advocacy, and social work education. The urban focus recognizes that many inner-city residents bear the brunt of the social, economic, political, and health-related problems of American society. The disproportionate occurrence of these problems in urban areas represents a crisis in American democracy. To address this crisis, the Ph.D. program in social work prepares students to apply a social justice framework to analyze and solve the catastrophic problems of contemporary urban society. Specific emphasis is on the multifaceted and sustained problems of urban minority populations. A special focus is given to the social problems that confront African American families, communities, and organizations. The program also seeks to produce persons interested in becoming professors in schools and departments of social work so that they can influence future social workers and contribute to social work's knowledge base on urban minority populations.

 

Admissions Information

The Ph.D. program application deadline is February 1st. The financial aid application deadline is February 1st. The admissions requirements include the following:

1) Official transcripts of all academic work completed at regionally accredited institutions of higher education;

2) GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for the last two years of undergraduate work;

3) GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale on all postgraduate study beyond the baccalaureate degree;

4) MSW Degree from Council on Social Work Education accredited program preferred. Persons with other related graduate degrees also are encouraged to apply, but they will be required to enroll in a social work urban practice internship;

5) Official results of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination); these results cannot be more than five years old;

6) International students, whose native language is not English, must provide a TOEFL score of 550 or higher and demonstrate through the required written documentation and interview that they have requisite verbal and analytical skills needed to successfully complete the program;

7) A 3 to 4 page, double-spaced written statement of the applicant's interest and career goals that addresses five questions:

a) What career objectives do you envision with a Ph.D. in social work?

b) What specific area of research do you plan to pursue if admitted into the Ph.D. program?

c) How have your professional experiences influenced your interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in social work?

d) What specifically attracts you to the social work doctoral program at Morgan State University?

e) How prepared are you for the personal, emotional, and time demands of doctoral training?

8) A current resume or curriculum vitae documenting professional experiences;

9) Samples of professional writing, including publications and research proposal abstracts, if available;

10) Data from personal interview with Ph.D. committee; and

11) Three letters of recommendation: one from a recent work experience, and two academic references.

Curriculum and Financial Aid

The Ph.D. program consists of 42 credit hours of the core curriculum and a minimum of 6 credit hours of dissertation research for a minimum total of 48 credit hours to complete the program. The program is primarily for full-time students, but a part-time option is available (see below). Full-time students can complete the program within four years. Full-time course work requires two years of study and the dissertation can be completed in two years. Part-time students will take, on average, a year and a half longer to complete their study. In the full-time curriculum, most of the courses are offered in the evenings (5:30pm to 8:20pm), but a few are offered in the afternoons. However, all courses in the part-time curriculum are offered in the evenings. There also is a seven-year statute of limitation for completion of the program. Financial aid is available as well as graduate and teaching assistantships. A graduate application and financial aid information can be obtained from Morgan's School of Graduate Studies by visiting their website @ http://www.morgan.edu/academics/Grad-Studies/index.html and then by clicking on "Prospective Student." By going to this website, applicants can also apply online. For more information about the Ph.D. program, contact Dr. Sandra Chipungu at (443) 885-1964 or at Sandra.Chipungu@morgan.edu. Please review the PhD manual for additional information.

FULL-TIME COURSE SEQUENCE

 Fall (1st Year) Credit Hours

SOWK 701 History of Social Welfare Policy 3

SOWK 702 Social Work and Human Services Statistics I 3

SOWK 703 Knowledge and Theory Development for Urban Social Work 3

 Spring (1st Year)

SOWK 704 Research Methods for Urban Social Institutions 3

SOWK 705 Contemporary Social Policy Analysis 3

SOWK 706 Social Work and Human Services Statistics II 3

 Fall (2nd Year)

SOWK 802 Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research 3

SOWK 803 Urban Family Theories 3

SOWK 804 Social Work with Urban Organizations and Communities 3

SOWK 805 Advanced Statistics for the Human Services 3

 Spring (2nd Year)

SOWK 807 Issues in Social Work Pedagogy and Education 3

SOWK 808 Teaching or Research Practicum in Social Work 3

SOWK Elective 3

SOWK Elective 3

 Fall (3rd Year)

SOWK 998 Dissertation Seminar 6

 Total Minimum Required Hours 48

 Spring (3rd Year)

SOWK 997 Dissertation Guidance 3

 Fall (4th Year)

SOWK 997 Dissertation Guidance 3

 Spring (4th Year)

SOWK 997 Dissertation Guidance 3

 Total Hours for Two Years of Dissertation Research 57

 PART-TIME COURSE SEQUENCE

 Fall (1st Year) Credit Hours

SOWK 702 Social Work and Human Services Statistics I 3

SOWK 703 Knowledge and Theory Development for Urban Social Work 3

 Spring (1st Year)

SOWK 704 Research Methods for Urban Social Institutions 3

SOWK 706 Social Work and Human Services Statistics II 3

 Fall (2nd Year)

SOWK 701 History of Social Welfare Policy 3

SOWK 805 Advanced Statistics for the Human Services 3

 Spring (2nd Year)

SOWK 705 Contemporary Social Policy Analysis 3

SOWK 807 Issues in Social Work Pedagogy and Education 3

 Fall (3rd Year)

SOWK 802 Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research 3

SOWK 803 Urban Family Theories 3

 Spring (3rd Year)

SOWK 808 Teaching or Research Practicum in Social Work 3

SOWK Elective 3

 Fall (4th Year)

SOWK 804 Social Work with Urban Organizations and Communities 3

SOWK Elective 3

 Spring (4th Year)

SOWK 998 Dissertation Seminar 6

 Total Minimum Required Hours 48

 

Fall (5th Year)

SOWK 997 Dissertation Guidance 3

 Spring (5th Year)

SOWK 997 Dissertation Guidance 3

 Fall (6th Year)

SOWK 997 Dissertation Guidance 3

 Total Hours for Two Years of Dissertation Research 57

Ph.D. SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SOWK 701 History of Social Welfare Policy

Three Hours; 3 Credits

This course provides information on the history and evolution of professional social work and social welfare values, practices, policies, and organizations in the United States. Covering the history of American social welfare from colonial times, this course places considerable emphasis on the effects of social, cultural, political, and economic factors on the development of social welfare policies and the social work profession.

SOWK 702 Social Work and Human Services Statistics I

Three Hours; 3 Credits

This course equips students with basic statistical techniques. Students will learn to apply descriptive and some intermediate statistical procedures to social problems and human service programs. In addition, beginning knowledge and use of computer statistical software packages will be emphasized.

SOWK 703 Knowledge and Theory Development for Urban Social Work

Three Hours; 3 Credits

This course will present an in-depth exploration of a broad array of psychological, socio-cultural, political, and economic theories that undergird urban social work knowledge, values, and skills. Theories relevant to community development and empowerment will also be included. Tools and skills of analysis will be emphasized as these form the basis of urban social work practice and research.

SOWK 704 Research Methods for Urban Social Institutions

Three Hours; 3 Credits

This course examines the assumptions and the underlying logic and methods of social science research. Special attention is given to an examination of the sundry methods of social science data collection, to the criteria that determine the selection of a specific method, and to an understanding of the strengths and limitations of the various methods. These methods are explained and their applicability examined within the context of urban social institutions.

SOWK 705 Contemporary Social Policy Analysis

Three Hours; 3 Credits

This course provides students with frameworks and methods of analyzing contemporary social welfare policies and the programs through which they are implemented. The course also explores the dimensions of policy analysis including policy development, implementation, management, and control, and it examines methods and dilemmas of policy advocacy for urban populations.

SOWK 706 Social Work and Human Services Statistics II

Three Hours; 3 Credits

This course acquaints students with more intermediate statistical procedures that is begun in SOWK 702, but also introduces students to the logic, significance, and appropriate application of advanced (i.e., multivariate) statistical procedures. In addition, intermediate knowledge and use of computer statistical software packages will be emphasized.

SOWK 801 Administration, Management, and Organizational Policy

Three Hours; 3 Credits (ELECTIVE)

This course introduces students to theoretical and applied approaches to human service administration, leadership, management and policy development. Emphasis is placed on human resource development and management and program development and implementation.

SOWK 802 Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research

Three Hours; 3 Credits

The course is designed to prepare students to conduct ethnographic participatory action research. Students will master methods such as interpreting qualitative data and building theory; qualitative methods of analysis, such as successive approximation and analytic comparison; and the use of computer software for qualitative data.

SOWK 803 Urban Family Theories

Three Hours; 3 Credits

This course familiarizes students with various theories, perspectives, and methodologies used to study the structure and functioning of urban minority families focusing on conceptual models commonly used in family analysis: family structure and functionalism, interactionism, exchange theory, conflict theory, and the family developmental perspective.

SOWK 804 Social Work with Urban Organizations and Communities

Three Hours; 3 Credits

This course examines urban organizations and communities with a focus on community-based agencies as levels of macro intervention for problem solving with urban and historically oppressed populations. The course will focus on administrative roles, organizational management, resource acquisition, planning, and community relations in a context of financial devolution.

SOWK 805 Advanced Statistics for the Human Services

Three Hours; 3 Credits

This course focuses exclusively on multivariate analyses that are commonly used in social work and human services research. These procedures are ordinary least squares multiple regression, logistic regression, and structural equation models. In addition, advanced knowledge and use of computer statistical software packages will be emphasized.

SOWK 806 Program Evaluation

Three Hours; 3 Credits (ELECTIVE)

This course provides students with an in-depth look at, and assessment of, evaluation methods in social work practice, administration, and policy. It prepares students to systematically evaluate the effectiveness and efficacy of human service interventions with urban populations.

SOWK 807 Issues in Social Work Pedagogy and Education

Three Hours; 3 Credits

This course examines the role and structure of social work education at the BSW, MSW and Ph.D. levels. The course will emphasize pedagogical issues in social work education, curriculum development, educational design, and instructional delivery. Emphasis will be placed on preparing students for effective and competent teaching and the transmission of knowledge and skills in academic and agency settings.

SOWK 808 Teaching or Research Practicum in Social Work

Three Hours; 3 Credits

Doctoral students will have the opportunity to either teach a social work course at the BSW or MSW level under the supervision of a faculty mentor, or work with a professor on a research project.

SOWK 809 Health Policy Issues and Practice

Three Hours; 3 Credits (ELECTIVE)

This course presents an overview and analyses of critical health policy issues that disproportionately and adversely affect urban populations. This course also examines the various macro practice methods used to resolve these issues from a social justice perspective.

SOWK 810 Scholarly Writing and Productivity

Three Hours; 3 Credits (ELECTIVE)

This course examines the expectations and necessity of scholarly writing and productivity in social work. Preparing students for the role of "publishing scholar," this course provides students with the knowledge, values, and skills associated with writing scholarly articles and books.

SOWK 811 Independent Study

Three Hours; 3 Credits (ELECTIVE)

This course serves as an independent study for Ph.D. students in social work. The course provides students with the opportunity to work with a professor on a research project. It offers students the opportunity to establish a mentoring relationship with a professor around a research area of mutual interest.

SOWK 997 Dissertation Guidance

Three Hours; 3 Credits

This course is conducted informally with assistance provided by the student's dissertation chairperson/advisor and other committee members. Students register for this course to maintain enrollment until they complete the dissertation.

SOWK 998 Dissertation Seminar

Six Hours; 6 Credits

Students register for this course to receive a letter grade when the dissertation has been completed and approved by the dissertation committee and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. This course is taken only once.