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PHD Social Work

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Social Work Programs

Dr. Viola Vaughan-Eden, Ph.D. Program Director

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (Ph.D.)

Earn a PhD Online or On Campus

The PhD in Social Work is offered to full and part-time students, in-person and online. If you are interested in making a difference in society, our program is for you.  We prepare students to become social work scholars as well as community leaders, researchers, or policy analysts.

Our program is designed to address current social problems that affect the lives of individuals, families, communities, and society. The program is unique in its focus on underserved populations, especially social work with African-American families. Our graduates become leaders of the profession who can facilitate change, advance social work knowledge, promote a scientific basis for social work practice, and advocate for social and economic justice in a rapidly changing and global world.

To read more about the Program and its requirements, click the links below.

Join us at Norfolk State University, where we see the future in you.

Doctor of Philosophy Admission Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements

Other Organizations

Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education
The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education (GADE) is an organization whose membership is comprised of directors of established social work/social welfare doctoral programs located in accredited universities.


The School of Social Work’s Baccalaureate Social Work Program and Master of Social Work Program are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)