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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 December 15, 2018 for you to be considered for entrance into the program in fall quarter 2019. After this date, we will accept applications until our class is full.

Admission criteria

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.