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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

PhD Admission

Before beginning your application to GSSW's doctoral program, you must meet all our PhD admission criteria before following our admission procedures.

If you are applying to our doctoral program from outside the United States, please see our additional admission information for international students.

 Note: We are no longer accepting applications for our 2014 class. Our 2015 application will be available October 1, 2014. Please check back at that time for updated admission information.

Admission criteria

To apply to the GSSW doctoral program, you must have:

  • a master's degree
    • conferred by a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), or
    • in one of the social sciences, and demonstrated evidence of substantial professional experience in the social work field;
  • a clear interest in developing advanced theory, policy and research skills in a substantive area relevant to the field of social work;
  • a superior academic record in all previous work; and
  • the maturity, intellectual ability and readiness for advanced study.

Two years of post-master's practice experience is preferred, but not mandatory.

Doctoral students are expected to enter the program with a basic proficiency in descriptive and inferential statistics. This knowledge is necessary for several of the required doctoral courses. If you lack this required statistical proficiency, you should plan to take a basic statistics course before enrolling at GSSW.