A Message from the Ph.D. Program Director

Dr. Cristina Wilson
Dr. Cristina Wilson

We are thrilled to embark on this academic journey with you, where we strive to cultivate scholars who are dedicated to advancing social justice and transforming the field of social work through rigorous research.

At the University of Connecticut, our Social Work PhD program stands out for its commitment to excellence in scholarship and its emphasis on preparing future leaders in social work research, education, and policy. Our faculty members are renowned experts in various domains of social work, and they are committed to mentoring and guiding you through your doctoral studies.

Throughout your time in our program, you will have the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research that addresses critical social issues and contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the field. Whether your interests lie in health disparities, child welfare, mental health interventions, human rights, international issues, or social policy analysis, our program provides a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment where you can explore your passions and make meaningful contributions to society.

We offer our students 4 years of full funding, which includes a stipend and tuition waiver. Our in-person classes in social work take place on one day (Thursdays) offering flexibility. After two years of intensive coursework and research, students pursue their own substantive interests as they complete their dissertation. In addition, we encourage our students to participate in conferences, seminars, and workshops that broaden their perspectives and enhance their professional development. You will also have access to resources and collaborations within our broader university community, including interdisciplinary research centers and institutes that address complex social challenges.

Distinguished by small cohorts and a collegial environment, the doctoral program provides a range of support to students throughout their tenure. Formal mentoring by faculty, as well as peer support, prepare our graduates for successful careers in social work research, education, and practice.

As the Program Director, I am here to support you throughout your doctoral journey. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any member of our faculty if you have questions, need guidance, or wish to discuss your academic and professional goals. If you are interested in applying, please see our requirements. We are dedicated to your success and are excited to witness your growth as scholars and leaders in the field of social work.

Together, we will embark on a transformative educational experience that will empower you to make a positive impact on individuals, families, and communities worldwide.

Dr. Cristina Wilson's Signature

Cristina Mogro-Wilson, PhD, MSW
Zachs Endowed Professor & Director of the PhD Program
University of Connecticut, School of Social Work