Ph.D. Program FAQs
How many courses will I take each semester?
Your schedule will depend on the availability of courses and your own needs and constraints. There is no minimum or maximum course load for each semester. Generally, the most a student will take is nine credit hours per semester and the average tends to be six credits per semester.
How long will it take to complete my Ph.D.?
There is no standard time frame in which students complete their Ph.D.s. The quickest it has been done is three and a half years, but five years is more typical. You have up to ten years to complete the degree.
Do I need to have my research topic chosen before I begin the program?
No, you’ll have the opportunity to choose a topic with the help of coursework, literature review, and consultation with faculty members.
How many students are accepted each year?
The program accepts under a cohort model. Between five-seven students will be accepted for the Fall semester of odd-numbered years.
Is there a possibility to complete my degree online?
At this time the Social Work Ph.D. courses are only available in‐person, on‐campus.
There is a possibility that some Research courses and Electives may be taken online. It’s expected that you’ll be able to attend courses on CSU’s campus.