Admissions Requirements for the PhD in Social Work

The deadline to apply is April 15.

This program offers fall admission only. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

We require an MSW or an equivalent degree, 3.3 GPA and preferably 2-3 years post Masters work experience for admission to the social work PhD program.

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Checklist of required documents for application to the PhD Program:

One four-page Essay or Personal Statement (The essay or statement should address the following points):
  • educational background and professional experience, to support your application
  • substantive areas of interest for research, evaluation and/or teaching
  • past educational and career experiences to prepare you for your specialization
  • career plans, including how a doctorate in social work supports the achievement of these goals.)
Three letters of recommendation that, among other things, addresses the applicant’s academic abilities. 
One updated curriculum vitae.
One writing sample that showcases the applicant’s academic/scholarly writing skill and style.
One completed application form.
Official transcripts from all tertiary academic institutions that the applicant attended. 
A cover letter. Additional information from applicants with degrees from non-Native English speaking countries.
Official TOEFL score of 80 or higher OR IELTS score of 6.5 of higher (international applicants only).
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School of Social Work
p – 516.877.4300

Office of Graduate Admissions
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