Beatriz Lassalle Graduate School of Social Work

Address : Box 23345, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-3345

Telephone : (787) 763-3725, (787) 764-0000, ext. 2218, 2231, 2257

Fax : (787) 772-1482, 773-8144

Website: http://tsoc.uprrp.edu

E-mail: tsoc@uprrp.edu


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Social Work


Yolanda Álamo Gómez, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 1986, Professor
Administration and supervision in human services agencies

Lilliam Albite Vélez, PhD, University of Puerto Rico, 2005, Professor.
Gender; family; social research and policy

Estela Barreto Cortés, PhD, Brandeis University, 1999, Associate Professor
Participatory social research; analysis of social policy; race; oppression and diversity

Jorge Benítez Nazario, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1989, Professor
Methods and Social Research, social politics, culture politics, State, public opinion and tolerance

Nilsa M. Burgos Ortiz, PhD, Columbia University, 1985, Professor
Women and gender; domestic violence

Víctor I. García Toro, PhD, Universidade de São Paulo, 1982, Professor
Juvenile delinquency; criminality; social work with groups; analysis of social policy

Doris González Torres, PhD, The Ohio State University, 1981, Professor
Child abuse; incest; spousal abuse

Dagmar Guardiola Ortiz, PhD, The Ohio State University, 1982, Professor
Social policy; social work practice in the Caribbean

Blanca Hernández Sierra, PhD, North Carolina State University, 1991, Professor
Criminality; social policy

Vanessa Pascual Morán, PhD, Columbia University, 1994, Professor
Dominican and Haitian migration

Doris Pizarro Claudio, PhD, University of Puerto Rico, 2007, Assistant Professor.
School social work; citizenship building; social and community policy

Agnes Rivera Casiano, D.S.W., Columbia University, 1994, Professor
HIV/AIDS; health

Cynthia Rodríguez de Parés, MTS, University of Puerto Rico, 1969, Professor
Mental health; proposal development; poverty; research and program evaluation

Norma Rodríguez Roldán, PhD, Rutgers State University, 1991, Professor
Children and youth; juvenile delinquency; poverty

Carmen D. Sánchez Salgado, PhD, Hunter College, 1984, Professor
The elderly

Diana Valle Ferrer, PhD, Rutgers University, 1997, Professor
Gender and family; domestic violence; supervision and administration

Nelson Varas Díaz, PhD, University of Puerto Rico, 2003, Associate Professor.
Research; social policy; stigma; HIV/AIDS and identity

Angélica Varela Llavona, PhD, The Ohio State University, 1981, Associate Professor
Management; proposal development

Luz A. Vega Rodríguez, PhD, Fordham University, 1991, Professor
Community development; foster homes; social work practice


The Social Work Doctoral Program emphasizes Social Policy Analysis and Administration.

Requirements for Admission

  1. One of the following degrees: (1) master's degree in social work from an accredited university; (2) bachelor's degree in social work and a master's degree from an accredited school in an area related to social work
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.00
  3. A minimum of three years of professional experience
  4. PAEG or GRE scores
  5. A master’s-level statistics course taken no more than five years prior to initiating doctoral studies
  6. A detailed curriculum vitae
  7. An essay describing the applicant's area of interest in research and displaying excellent critical thinking and writing skills
  8. Ability to read and write in Spanish and read in English
  9. Computer literacy and internet skills

The doctoral committee will invite qualified applicants for an interview.

Conditional Admission

Applicants with bachelor's or master's degrees in fields related to social work, who comply with all other requirements, pass the English exam, and are interviewed and admitted by the doctoral committee, will be admitted under conditional admission subject to the completion of 15 credits--with a minimum B average--in core courses from the master's degree program in social work and the Social Work as a Profession Seminar prior to enrolling in doctoral courses. Conditional admission will last no longer than 2 years. If the student has not enrolled in doctoral courses after two years, he or she will need to re-apply for admission.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. Complete a minimum of 39 credits in courses in the program
  2. Maintain a grade point average of 3.00. If the grade point average drops below 3.00, the graduate committee will evaluate the student's progress and recommend whether the student may continue in the doctoral program.
  3. Pass a written comprehensive examination, after completing the 39 credits required for the doctoral degree
  4. Present and defend a dissertation proposal, which must be approved by the dissertation committee
  5. Present and defend a dissertation of original research work that represents a significant contribution to social policy analysis and social work administration

Program of Study

Program Requirements


Four Core Courses


Three Courses in Research


TSOC 8101 Advanced Social Research I: Methodological Design


TSOC 8102 Advanced Social Research II: Quantitative Data Analysis


TSOC 8103 Advanced Social Research III: Qualitative Analysis


3 Courses in Public Administration and Social Planning


Two Elective courses


TSOC 8406 Practicum in Policy Analysis


TSOC 8405 Dissertation Seminar


TSOC 8900 Comprehensive Exam


TSOC 8501 Doctoral Dissertation in Social Work I


TSOC 8502 Doctoral Dissertation in Social Work II


Total Credits


Description of Courses (PDF)


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