PhD program at Mandel School provides financial assistance, part-time and full-time study options

—by Paul M. Kubek

Cleveland, OH—The Ph.D. Program at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University celebrates the second anniversary of its part-time study option for doctoral-level education in social welfare and is inviting applications.

Make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life for individuals and families in communities throughout the United States and around the world. Enroll in the doctoral program and become a scholar, teacher, and leader who generates new knowledge about the policies and practices of social welfare programs. Both the part-time and full-time options are structured to maximize interaction among students and faculty.

Since the program's inception in 1952, professionals with experience in social work and allied disciplines—such as psychology, public health, nonprofit organizations, law, anthropology, and sociology, among others—have found their way to the Ph.D. Program, which is one of the oldest and most established doctoral programs of its kind in the United States.

Part-Time Study: Three Courses Per Year On Fridays

The curriculum for part-time doctoral students is identical to that for full-time students. It prepares candidates to develop the skills needed for critical thinking and applied research. Students in the part-time program take a minimum of three courses each year. Courses typically meet on Fridays, allowing students to maintain their current employment. Direct hands-on learning opportunities are also provided in both teaching and research with individual mentorships from MSASS faculty.

Full-Time Study In Two Years

The full-time program permits students to complete required coursework and paid research fellowships over two academic years. It provides individualized fellowship training in social-work-research methods with a faculty member. Currently, full-time students are guaranteed two years of research fellowship funding and full tuition waivers from the Mandel School. Faculty research grants typically fund subsequent years in the program.

Financial Assistance

There are multiple sources of financial support available for both full- and part- time study, including the following:

  • Tuition waivers
  • Research fellowships (full-time study only)
  • Teaching and research mentorships
  • Conference fellowships

Research Opportunities

Individual faculty research projects (e.g., mental health & addictions, aging, community development, poverty, early childhood development, etc.)

  • Center for Evidence-Based Practices
  • Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment
  • Supported Employment
  • Tobacco and Recovery, for people with severe mental illness
  • Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
  • Center on Interventions for Children and Families

 Paul M. Kubek, MA, is director of communications at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University.