Admission Steps

Social Work - - PHD

Admission Requirements

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Application Deadlines

For the 2018-2019 academic year

Fall 2018 quarter (beginning in September)
  • Priority deadline: 01/15/2018

  • Final submission deadline: 07/01/2018

Priority deadline: Applications will be considered after the Priority deadline provided space is available.

Final submission deadline: Applicants cannot submit applications after the final submission deadline.

Degrees and GPA Requirements

Degrees and GPA Requirements

Bachelors degree: All graduate applicants must hold an earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited college or university or the recognized equivalent from an international institution.

Masters degree: This program requires a masters degree as well as the baccalaureate.

Grade point average: The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for graduate study at the University of Denver is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (approximately two years of work) for the baccalaureate degree. An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution supersedes the minimum standards for the baccalaureate. For applicants with graduate coursework but who have not earned a master’s degree or higher, the GPA from the graduate work may be used to meet the requirement. The minimum GPA is a cumulative 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all graduate coursework undertaken.

Program GPA requirement: The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for this program is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

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.

Additional Standards for Non-Native English Speakers

Additional Standards for Non-Native English Speakers

Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. Your TOEFL/IELTS/CAE scores are valid for two years from the test date.

The minimum TOEFL/IELTS/CAE test score requirements for this degree program are:

  • Minimum TOEFL Score: (Internet-based test) 95 or (paper-based test) 587

  • Minimum IELTS Score: 8.0

  • Minimum CAE Score: 200

English Conditional Acceptance Offered: No, this program does not offer English Conditional Admission.

Additional Standards for International Applicants

Additional Standards for International Applicants

Per Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulation, international applicants must meet all standards for admission before an I-20 or DS-2019 is issued, [per U.S. Federal Register: 8 CFR § 214.3(k)] or is academically eligible for admission and is admitted [per 22 C.F.R. §62]. Read the Additional Standards For International Applicants policy for more details.

Application Materials

Transcripts

Transcripts

During the application process, you may submit an unofficial or official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Upon an admission offer and per graduate policy, students must submit an official transcript for every post-secondary institution attended.

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized Test Scores

Program Test Requirements: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the deadline. The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842.

University Standardized Test Policy

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be submitted by recommenders through the online application.

Essays and Statements

Essays and Statements

Personal Statement Instructions

The PhD Admission Committee considers your Statement of Professional and Educational Intent to be a significant part of your application. Respond openly and honestly to each section. The average statement length is approximately seven pages. Please double-space your statement. The Statement of Professional and Educational Intent must be written solely by you, the applicant, without the use of an editor. (Computer grammar/spelling checks and self-editing are permitted.)

Résumé

Résumé Instructions

The résumé (or C.V.) should include all educational achievements, relevant work experience, research and/or volunteer work.

Writing Sample

Writing Sample Instructions

Submit a sample of your writing completed within the past five years. This may be a published article, a manuscript prepared for publication, a re-worked paper from a graduate program or a newly prepared sample. The writing sample should demonstrate scholarship, command of literature, critical thinking and research skills. The paper must be a minimum of ten pages, but preferably 10 - 18 pages, and must explore a topic relevant to social work knowledge. In evaluating this sample, we will examine evidence of scholarly writing skills, incorporation of relevant literature, mastery of research methods, analytic acuity, clarity of discussion and implications for social work.

Other Requirements

Final Steps

Start Your Application

Start Your Application

Your submitted materials will be reviewed once all materials and application fees have been received.

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Our program can only consider your application for admission if our Office of Graduate Studies has received all your online materials and supplemental materials by our application deadline.

Application Fee: $65.00 Application Fee

Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid Information

Applicants should complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for additional information.