PHD

Students in our PhD program interact with a world-class faculty and staff. Students are afforded the opportunity to conceptualize, conduct, and critically assess cutting-edge research in a variety of areas including clinical social work, child welfare, gerontology, suicide, mental and behavioral health, military, and medical social work, among others. Graduates from our PhD program are uniquely poised to enter a competitive job market, in both academic and non-academic settings.

The UK Difference

Expansive Research Expertise

CoSW faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their research. Currently, CoSW has formal research partnerships with a host of academic institutions around the world.

Centers and Labs

CoSW is home to several unique research centers and labs, including the Training Resource Center, Interdisciplinary Research Center on Children and Families, Kentucky Kinship Resource Center, Self-Care Lab, Suicide Prevention and Exposure Lab, and Military Behavior Health Lab. PhD students can leverage these entities for unique learning and research opportunities.

Funding Support

CoSW is committed to funding our PhD students. Funded positions for PhD are comprised of Teaching Assistantships (TA), Research Assistantships (RA), Fellowships, and Scholarships. Funding availability varies from year to year and fully funded positions are contingent upon available monies.

Flexible Program Options

Students in our PhD program can select from flexible full and part-time degree options. The core curricula and elective formats allow students to craft unique learning and research experiences.

Post-Completion Support and Mentorship

Upon degree completion, students are connected with a mentor and participate in a number of career prep and development activities during the last year of their program.

Research & Teaching Practicums

PhD students enroll in two practicum courses during their program. These classes provide mentored research and teaching opportunities and often result in publications and/ or presentation experiences for students.

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PhD students who receive funding support

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Unique centers and labs

53

PhD student presentations/publications for 2019

Student Spotlights


Sergeant Samantha Hess

Sergeant Samantha Hess

Sergeant Samantha Hess, with the University of Kentucky Police Department, is a student in the College masters in social work program. Sgt. Hess, like those
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Hoda Shalash

Hoda Shalash

Hoda Shalash is like many students in college. She thought she knew what she wanted to major in, and for three years, Hoda worked toward
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Tamara Vest

Tamara Vest

When Tamara Vest was just nine years old, her father and primary caregiver, died. Her mother, who had substance abuse issues, was not an option
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Daniel Beasley

Daniel Beasley

For some, going to college after high school is a no-brainer. But for Daniel Beasley, pursuing higher education wasn't an option.
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Events


March 30, 2020, 12:00 am
Priority registration for the 2020 Fall Semester and the 2020 Summer Session.

Priority registration for the 2020 Fall Semester and the 2020 Summer S...

Add/Drop period for all students registered for Fall 2020.
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April 3, 2020, 12:00 am
Last day to withdraw from the University or reduce course load.

Last day to withdraw from the University or reduce course load.

Students can withdraw or reduce course load after this date only for “urgent non-academic reasons.”
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News


Dr. David Royse receives William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award

Dr. David Royse receives William Holmes McGuffey Longev...

The eighth edition of Research Methods in Social Work has received a William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award from the Textbook
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Dean Jay Miller Named Social Worker of The Year

Dean Jay Miller Named Social Worker of The Year

College of Social Work (COSW) Dean Jay Miller has been named 2020 Social Worker of The Year. Dean Miller received
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University 1st in Kentucky to Launch Online Doctorate of Social Work degree

University 1st in Kentucky to Launch Online Doctorate o...

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2020) — It's a daunting, but necessary task – serving the most vulnerable members of our
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Let’s appreciate those we call (literally) when prevention efforts fall apart: #childwelfare workers! Read this! #NCAPM2020 #ChildAbusePreventionMonth #CPS @KYYouth @KyDCBS @CHFSKy @CWLAofficial @PCAAmerica @DSSDirectorDCo @GovAndyBeshear @PCAKY https://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article241628311.html

There are many ways that communities can work together to ensure children thrive. Visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website to learn what you can do to support & strengthen families and promote the well-being of children and youth. #NCAPM2020 http://bit.ly/2R5ZUbw

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