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Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Anthropology

School of Social Work

The Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Anthropology is a PhD program for students interested in examining social issues using anthropological theories and methods.  Founded in 1957, the Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science is the only doctoral program in the nation that allows students to gain social work research training and experience that is rooted in multiple social science disciplines. 

Within the Joint Program in Social Work and Anthropology, students can elect any of four subfields (i.e. Archeological, Biological, Linguistic, and Sociocultural).   As such, the Joint Doctoral Program admits students who are equally committed to Social Work research and to disciplinary expertise in Anthropology.

The Joint Program is individualized and students take varied paths in completing their requirements. Each Joint student will work with mentors/advisors in both Social Work and Anthropology in determining their academic trajectory; while completing coursework and prelim examinations in both areas along with a research internship, teaching experience, and a dissertation that combines the two areas.

If they do not have an M.S.W. at admission, students in the Joint Program  fulfill additional coursework and field placement credits for this degree.

For more information, please contact us at:

Joint PhD Program in Social Work and Social Science
University of Michigan School of Social Work
3704 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

Phone: 734-763.5768

Email: ssw.phd.info@umich.edu