In addition to the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Social Work requires:
- A minimum of 9 half-course equivalents, from which 5 are core courses and 4 are electives
- Research proposal
- Candidacy Examination
Required core courses
SOWK 741: Research Foundations: Epistemology and Professional Knowledge-Building.
An exploration of major philosophical issues that have shaped social work's diverse approaches to knowledge building and research methods. The relevance of this exploration to the student's area of interest is emphasized.
SOWK 743: Theory, History, and Philosophy: Values, Ethics and Professional Beliefs.
An exploration of the philosophical and ideological issues that have been historically important to the profession with respect to its conception of its ethics, mandate and practices. The relevance of this exploration to the student's area of interest in emphasized.
SOWK 745: Research Methods I: Quantitative.
This course examines quantitative methodological and design options in social work research.
SOWK 747: Research Methods II: Qualitative.
This course examines qualitative methodological and design options in social work research.
SOWK 721: Integrative Research Colloquia.
A concluding course offered as final component of student's course work. Allows doctoral students and the instructor to engage in a series of research colloquia, thereby facilitating critical analysis, feedback and synthesis of materials covered and skills learned in other course work. This process will help students to develop conceptual and methodological skills.
Note: Social Work 721 can only be taken once all the other required and elective courses have been completed.
The 4 elective courses must be relevant to the student's area of specialization and research focus. Option courses may be taken outside of the Faculty of Social Work, depending on the student's needs and course availability. All courses taken external to the Faculty of Social Work must have prior approval from the supervisor and the PhD coordinator.
Note: Not all courses are offered every semester. Students should consult the timetables and program curriculum plans located on the web for a sequence and availability of courses.
PhD students must have their thesis proposal approved (using the form below) by their supervisory committee prior to their candidacy exams and applying for ethics certification.
Those students whose research involves human subjects must complete the Tri-Council CORE Tutorial and receive approval from the University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board or the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board before beginning data collection. A copy of the proposal becomes part of the student's record within the Faculty of Social Work.
Expected completion time for full-time students is four years, with a maximum completion time of six years.
Doctoral students are initially assigned an interim supervisor. Before the end of April of the first year, each student must designate a faculty member as permanent supervisor.
The supervisor and student must then select a supervisory committee within three months of the appointment of the permanent supervisor. Doctoral supervisory committees typically consist of the supervisor and two other members, one of whom may be external to the Faculty of Social Work.
The graduate-supervisor relationship is outlined in the new Supervision Regulations document. Please download this PDF to know and understand the expectations for both the graduate student and the supervisor. You will find more information about Supervision on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.
Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Faculty of Graduate Studies awards database (https://iac01.ucalgary.ca/FGSA/Public/PublicHome.aspx)
For more information, please visit the Awards section of the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. Student may also consult with the Student Services Office in the Faculty of Social Work.
Faculty Members/Research Interests
Current faculty members and their areas of research interest can be accessed through the Faculty's Directory.