Program Description

Research preparation includes both quantitative and qualitative methods which encourage rigorous empirical analysis. Applied research skills are developed for program evaluation outcome assessment, and policy analysis.

Information technology is emphasized though the use of software for statistics (SPSS) , case management (Client Track), geographic information systems (GIS), research data base (SQL) and the internet.

Program concentrations include: Health, Mental Health, Ageing, Children, Youth and family, Health and human services management, Sustainable international development and environmental justice.

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Program Length

4-5 years

Possible Careers

This program prepares Leaders and educators. Whether your profession is social work, community nursing, health-care administration, public health, or another field, you will receive the scholarly preparation necessary to contribute to your discipline through research. The PhD program in Social Policy and Social Research will prepare you for College or University teaching, Program and agency administration, Social research, program evaluation, and outcomes assessment

Application Deadlines

There are currently no published application deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the program is governed by the policies and procedures established by the School of Behavioral Health. Admission requirements include:
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Examples would include such disciplines as social work (M.S.W.), nursing (M.S.), business (M.B.A.), public health (M.P.H.), education (M.Ed.), and theology (M.Div.)
  • Evidence of adequate academic preparation in graduate education. This includes a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for graduate/postgraduate work.
  • Strong intellectual abilities, including background in social sciences and statistics.
  • Evidence of research and policy interests that are compatible with the specialized emphases supported by the program faculty.
  • Professional experience and achievement that demonstrate the competence, motivation, organization, and leadership to complete doctoral education in a timely manner.
  • Personal interview
  • Sample of writing in the form of a published article, academic or professional paper prepared for a research purpose, or an essay prepared for admission to the program
  • Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Curriculum vitae or other description of education and employment history

In addition to the above criteria, the application process for the Ph.D. degree in social policy and social research utilizes a pooled application process by which the top candidates meeting the admissions criteria are selected. The number of new candidates admitted each year is also reviewed in light of the total number of students completing the program and the program's ability to support potential candidates in their area of interest.


Please reference the Admissions Requirements.
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.