The University at Buffalo wants to add a doctoral degree program in social work.
The State University of New York board of trustees this week gave UB the green light for the new program, which would be offered entirely online. The university still needs approval from the state Board of Regents before it can offer the program.
But if that approval goes through, it would be the first doctorate in social work to be offered in the SUNY system. Students would be required to take 39 credits, including nine electives credits.
The program will have a human rights focus, with students exploring the relationship between trauma and migration due to war, persecution or economic reasons. It also will include a capstone project that allows students to take what they have learned about trauma and human rights and incorporate it into a treatment model for clients.