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Admission Deadlines

While the final deadline for admission is February 28, preference is given to applications filed before February 1. Those received after February 1 will be considered to fill remaining vacancies.

Special requests for filing an application after February 28 should be directed to the Director of Graduate Enrollment.

Admission Requirements

The Ph.D. program is open to candidates who have graduated from an accredited school of social work and have a period of post-master's practice experience (a minimum of one year post-master's experience is required but additional experience is preferred). The program will consider applicants who do not have an MSW degree but who have had closely related graduate education and post-graduate clinical practice experience.

The school has a deep commitment to diversity and to the training of professionals to meet the needs of people of color. This commitment is reflected in the development of a diverse student body as well as diversity in the school's faculty and staff.

Advanced Clinical Standing

Applicants admitted to the Ph.D. program may, prior to enrollment, petition to take the Clinical Qualifying Examination normally scheduled at the end of the first clinical internship. Passing this examination, which is the same as the oral and written exam normally given at the end of the first internship, qualifies the applicant to waive one year of clinical internship. However, all three summers of academic coursework are typically required.

International Students

Due to the time needed to process international student applications, applicants who are citizens of other countries must submit all applications materials no later than February 1.

A substantial working knowledge of English is essential for admission. Applicants for whom English is not a first language must take the IELTS or TOEFL iBT and have an official score report sent to the Office of Admission. A minimum score for IELTS is 7.0. A minimum score for the TOEFL iBT is 94 and must meet a minimum high score in each test area: Reading (22 minimum); Listening (22 minimum); Speaking (26 minimum); and Writing (24 minimum). The IELTS/TOEFL requirement may be waived by the Admission Committee if English has been the primary language spoken in the home and at school. The school reserves the right to require the IELTS/TOEFL of any applicant whose first language is not English.

Transfer Students

Students with doctoral level coursework in closely allied fields may request transfer of academic credit for comparable courses. The co-directors will determine which credits may be transferred. Review of course syllabi and assignments is often necessary. An individualized course of study will be developed for transfer applicants.

Interviews (optional)

Although an interview is not required, should you wish an interview with a faculty member to discuss professional interests, please contact us. Occasionally, the Committee on Admission may initiate an interview if it feels one would be helpful.