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About the PhD Program

The University of Missouri School of Social Work PhD program is nationally distinct in its interdisciplinary emphasis, theory-driven research, community-based collaborative research, and student-faculty collaborative research. The program’s purpose is to produce researchers who investigate social problems and disseminate research knowledge, as well as to produce high quality social work educators. It also prepares graduates with the highest level of knowledge and skills needed to inform policy making, program development and evaluation, and research on clinical practice issues. The School is also a member of the St. Louis Group for Excellence in Social Work Research and Education, an elite group of research oriented schools of social work.

Greetings from the Program Director

Mansoo YuWelcome to the University of Missouri (MU) PhD program in Social Work! Our program is the only social work PhD program in a Missouri public higher education institution, and we are proud of our commitment and responsibility to the state to help find solutions to problems and to develop knowledge and skills important to the state and nation. The goal of the PhD program is to prepare students for excellence and leadership in social work research and teaching.

One of the strengths of our program is that students have opportunities for collaborative research and teaching with other disciplines across campus, such as family and community medicine, health sciences, nursing, public health, women’s and gender studies, interdisciplinary research centers, and others. Frequently, such collaboration makes an important contribution to student success in the program.

Our doctoral faculty are dedicated to producing outstanding researchers and educators. They encourage students to publish papers in refereed journals, make presentations at regional and national conferences, and have teaching opportunities while in the program. Most of our PhD program graduates are faculty members of social work programs around the world. We also have graduates who are working in various settings such as state agencies and hospitals.

I encourage you to visit our program both online and in person. Our doctoral faculty are eager to talk with you about the program. For more information, please contact me at

For more information, contact:

PhD Program Contact
Shannon Mezzanotte
(573) 884-1438

Doctoral Program Director
Mansoo Yu
(573) 882-4363