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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

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
  • 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 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.

Learn more about the PhD program.