Ph.D. Social Work Program Admission

Maximize your potential with a doctoral degree in social work.

The deadline for admission is April 15. The program offers fall admission only. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Admission to the Ph.D. program prefers a Master of Social Work degree with a grade-point average of at least 3.3; three years of successful post-M.S.W. professional experience; and evidence of capacity to engage in doctoral study. Promising candidates are interviewed by a member of the doctoral faculty.
Exceptions to these requirements will be considered when applicants demonstrate equivalent attainments or compensating strengths. For example, an applicant has not yet completed three years of post-master’s professional experience but has made a contribution to social work knowledge in professional publications. Applicants who do not fulfill the typical admission requirement may be required to complete additional course work beyond the 48 credit hours.

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The School of Social Work considers the following criteria when evaluating applicants for acceptance into the doctoral programs:

  • Intellectual capacity
  • General professional competence
  • Knowledge of critical issues in social work
  • Strength of commitment to doctoral study
  • Adequacy of plans for financing doctoral study
  • General capability (e.g., time) to pursue research on a doctoral level
  • A high score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required of international students to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in language skills to engage in doctoral study.

For further information, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
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