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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.

The GSSW Office of Admission must receive your completed application by January 15, 2016 for you to be considered for entrance into the program in fall quarter 2016.  However, for best admission and financial aid consideration, we ask that you submit your PhD application by December 15, 2015.  After this date, we will accept applications until our class is full.

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.

GSSW seeks doctoral students across many research areas. In addition, we are seeking to admit a doctoral student who has a substantive research interest in restorative justice policy research to work with Assistant Professor Shannon Sliva. The admitted student will receive a graduate assistantship, which includes a monthly living stipend and a full tuition waiver. Watch a video about this opportunity.

Learn more about the PhD program.