How to Apply

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Admission to the PhD program is a highly selective process. The admissions committee selects up to seven students every other year that have:

  • Clear interest in developing theory, policy and research skills in a substantive area relevant to the field of social work
  • A superior academic record in all previous work
  • The maturity, intellectual ability and readiness for doctoral study

Applications for the 2021 PhD cohort will open on June 1, 2020. The Application deadline is February 1st. To be considered for admission a complete application must be submitted by February 1st. A complete list of application requirements is found below. Admission decisions will be communicated to applicants in March.

A completed application includes:

    1) Personal statement of 7 to 10 pages that:
    • explains your motivation for and expectations of doctoral education in social work
    • includes particular assets that you would bring to the school and to the profession, as well as areas in which you would most like to grow academically and professionally
    • specifies your areas of academic and research interest
    • briefly describes your understanding of integration of faith and ethical social work practice, supported by existing literature
      2) Sample of Scholarly Writing - (not exceeding 25 pages) of a recent, single or co-authored work of scholarly writing that provides evidence of your capacity to think analytically and critically about a social welfare issue. The following are examples of appropriate submissions:
      • published article
      • book chapter
      • other excerpt
      • unpublished research report
      • a paper written in a graduate level course
      • grant application
        3) Resume or Curriculum Vitae - include a list of publications and professional presentations.
        4) Application Fee
        5) Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
        Scores are valid for five years from the time the test is taken.
        6) Three letters of recommendation
        At least two recommendations should come from faculty who can attest to the applicant’s superior ability and potential. A third recommendation should come from a supervisor, director or someone that can provide insight into the applicant's ability and achievement in social work.
        7) Master's degree transcript from an accredited university
        A Master of Social Work from a CSWE accredited program is preferred but not required. Applicants with an MSW are preferred. However, applicants without an MSW will be considered who have exceptionally strong credentials, a master's degree in a related field, and experience working in social service settings. Admission decisions for applicants without an MSW will not be made until the February review session. Exceptions may also be made for applicants from countries without university accreditation but with exceptionally strong credentials.
        8) Foreign national and permanent resident applicants:
        English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Scores are valid for two years from the time the test is taken.

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