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"When I made the decision to attend a PhD program in the United States, the social work doctoral program at UGA had various attractions to me: strong academics, plus excellent financial and emotional support. Since I came here, I have really enjoyed my doctoral student life in Athens. In particular, the School supports international students (including me) very well. Since UGA is a big school, there are diverse learning and working opportunities outside of the School of Social Work, which is the perfect fit to the interdiscplinary approach. In addition, I like a warm weather in Athens. Athens is a small campus town, which is great for studying and is near the big city of Atlanta. My whole family enjoys a very good life in Athens."

Dr. Byungdeok Kang, '09
Hangdong Global University
School of Counseling Psychology and Social Welfare
Pohang, Gyeongsang,
South Korea

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Welcome to the Social Work Ph.D. Program of the University of Georgia! We appreciate your interest and hope that this site will provide you with the information you are seeking. We will be happy to respond to any unanswered questions that you may have about our program.

The University of Georgia School of Social Work Ph.D. Program, founded in 1990, has a two-fold primary emphasis: (1) producing scholars who have the capacity to work interdisciplinarily through an epistemologically diverse, research-intensive program of study, and (2) preparing tomorrow’s social work educators through instruction in sound pedagogical practice and opportunities for mentored experiential learning.

As a land- and sea-grant institution, the University of Georgia is committed to a vigorous public service tradition—a tradition the Ph.D. program upholds by recruitment of a diverse student body; focus on community-engaged scholarship informed by cultural humility to address persistent and emerging inequities through socially just research, with implications for practice, policy, and education; and the development of leadership skills for careers in academic, public, and private settings.

If you have questions about the doctoral progam at UGA, contact Shari Miller, Ph.D. Program Director, at or at (706) 542-2328. You may also contact Kat Farlowe, the administrative specialist for the program, at or at 706-542-546