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About Ph.D. Program in Social Work
College of Health Sciences


The School of Social Work provides educational opportunities for a diverse group of students to earn degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Students learn the knowledge, skills, values, and ethics of the profession of social work in a supportive academic environment.

About the Ph.D. Program in Social Work

The Ph.D. Program in Social Work began in 1997 with a number of other graduate programs at Jackson State University that emanated from the historic Ayers Case. The initial class consisted of a total of 13 students from diverse backgrounds. The program is the only social work doctoral program in the state of Mississippi. It is affiliated with the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education (GADE), which is an organization whose membership consists of directors of social work/social welfare doctoral programs in accredited universities in the United States and two other countries. The organization provides guidelines for quality doctoral programs in social work. Since its inception, the program has continually developed and focused on accomplishing its mission.

Division of Graduate Studies

Apply “Online” to the Division of Graduate Studies and to the School of Social Work.

For more information, contact the Ph.D. Program Office at (601) 979-8896. Please note that the priority deadline for submission of all application materials to the Ph.D. Program and to the Graduate School at Jackson State University is March 1st of an EVEN YEAR (i.e., FALL 2022). WE DO NOT ADMIT STUDENTS TO THE PROGRAM ANNUALLY.

General Requirements/Curriculum


Bring Change In The Community
The School of Social Work Program seeks to prepare students to become leaders in enhancing the quality of life and seeking solutions to social problems. It is particularly concerned with the consequences of injustice, and thus focuses on the empowerment of at-risk populations and the advancement of social, economic, and political justice in all communities. The program is especially committed to increasing students’ understanding and appreciation of diverse life experiences. 


The School of Social Work is especially committed to increasing students’ understanding and appreciation of diverse life experiences. While guiding both traditional and nontraditional students from varied backgrounds toward professional careers in social work, the program seeks to provide special support and sensitivity to students with the potential for success in this field.

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


Gain real-world experience expanding outside of the classroom. Learn how to succeed by facing real challenges within the community


School of Social Work graduates have a plethora of career options after studying ……:

Health Educator Habilitation Specialist Outreach Worker Research Assistant
Social Work Intern Program Specialist Case Manager Child Welfare Specialist


The School of Social Work houses the Mississippi Child Welfare Institute.

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Student Success




Important Dates



For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-2631.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.

School of Social Work


Charles F. Moore Building


Associate Dean’s Office (601) 979-8896

B.S.W. Program (601) 979-2631

M.S.W. & Ph. D. Programs (601) 979-8869