How to Apply

States from which we accept applications can be found HERE

Admission to the PhD program is a highly selective process. The admissions committee selects 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

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2017 cohort. Applications for our Summer 2019 cohort will open in May of 2018.

Financial aid decisions may not be finalized until after the November or February review session. Applicants will be notified if all available seats for the June 2019 cohort have been filled prior to the November or February review session.

A completed application includes:

      a. 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
      b. 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      • unpublished research report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
      c. Resume or Curriculum Vitae - include a list of publications and professional presentations.

      d. Application Fee
    2) Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    Scores are valid for five years from the time the test is taken.
    3) 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.
    4) 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.
    5) 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.