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What our graduates are saying...

Jeffrey YarvisCOL Jeffrey Yarvis, PhD, '04

"Choosing the right doctoral program is a very important and often difficult decision. I had been accepted to three other outstanding programs to include one in the Ivy League. However, UGA distinguished itself from the other outstanding institutions in less tangible ways that the other programs could not. The two most striking features of UGA School of Social work were the love the doctoral students had for the program and number of distinguished faculty on the UGA staff. Nearly all the students I met not only felt supported, but truly enjoyed being a UGA doctoral student. I was similarly impressed with the number of faculty I recognized prior to my attendance whose research had impacted my experience as a scientist-practitioner. Simply put UGA has no rival in terms of the caliber of staff and students.

Since graduating I have been offered too many opportunities to excel to count. I regularly have research opportunities made available to me that did not exist prior to my doctoral studies. The breadth of my work has widened to international audiences and affected medical policies at the state department level."

COL Jeffrey S. Yarvis
PhD '04
Adjunct Lecturer, University of Southern California; Chief, Social Work Department
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Austin, TX


Why choose the University of Georgia for your social work PhD?

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The University of Georgia is the state’s largest, oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. Its motto, “to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things,” reflects the University’s integral and unique role in the conservation and enhancement of the state’s and nation’s intellectual, cultural, and environmental heritage.

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What career opportunities are available for social work Ph.D. graduates?*

The federal government predicts a shortage of qualified faculty in social work, and every year the demand for faculty grows greater than the number of qualified graduates.

PhD graduates have a variety of avenues to pursue their academic and research careers. 

*For more info, visit the GADE Social Work website.

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If you have any questions about our PhD program or would like to visit us on the UGA campus, please email or call 706-542-5461.