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Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Anthropology

The Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Anthropology is a Ph.D. program for students interested in examining social work 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.

The Joint Doctoral Program admits students who are equally committed to Social Work research and to disciplinary expertise in Anthropology. Within Anthropology, students in the Joint Program generally work through the Sociocultural subfield, but are also welcome to apply through one of the other subfields (Linguistic, Archeological, Biological).

The Joint Program is individualized and students take varied paths through it to complete their requirements and to develop their dissertation research. Each Joint student will work with mentors/advisors in both Social Work and Anthropology in determining their academic trajectory. They complete coursework and preliminary examinations in both areas, and also complete a research internship, gain teaching experience, and produce 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 to obtain this degree.

Application Information: To apply, please visit the Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science website. Also, please note that the Joint Doctoral Program application deadline may differ from the deadline for the Department of Anthropology Ph.D. program.

Note: Applicants will be asked to identify faculty they would like to work with from both the School of Social Work and the Department of Anthropology.

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For more information

Program Liaison: Kriszti Fehervary, associate professor of anthropology  

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