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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Applying to the PhD Program

Application DEADLINES

The application for the 2019 PhD program will be available on September 10, 2018. Application deadlines for the 2019 PhD program are listed below.

  1. Early Deadline: December 15, 2018 – if you complete your application by December 15, we will waive the $65 application fee. We will release your admission decision before March 1, 2019.
  2. Regular Deadline: January 15, 2019 – if you complete your application by January 15, we will release your admission decision on or after March 1, 2019.
  3. January 16, 2019 through May 1, 2019 – if you complete your application after January 15, your application will be considered if space is available. We will not accept applications for the 2019 PhD Denver Campus MSW program after May 1, 2019.

Entry dates

The GSSW doctoral program begins in fall quarter and is designed for full-time students.

How to apply

To apply, you must submit an application online. A completed doctoral application includes:

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

  • a master's degree conferred by a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • a master's degree in one of the social sciences and demonstrated evidence of substantial professional experience in the social work field

In addition, you must have:

  • 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
  • the maturity, intellectual ability and readiness for advanced study

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

It is important to have proficiency in descriptive and inferential statistics. This knowledge is necessary for several of the required doctoral courses. An introductory course in statistical analysis and inference is available in the first quarter of study if needed.

Learn more about the PhD program.