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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.

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.