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Ph.D. Application


We are currently accepting applications for June 2017.

Priority Filing deadline: February 1
Final Application deadline: February 28

The School begins to process applications on April 1 for enrollment into the next academic year, which starts in June. While the 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.

Application Fee

A filing fee of $60, payable by MasterCard, Visa, check or money order must be remitted with the application. This fee is not refunded or credited toward future fees.

We offer $60 application fee waivers under the following circumstances:

How to Apply

Follow the steps below to submit your application online. Be sure to number and put your name on the top of each form. We only accept Word and PDF formats. Please consider the environment before printing your forms.

Application Checklist

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their admission material is complete.

Printable PDF Checklist

1. The Application

2. Five Letters of Recommendation

We prefer that you fill out the online reference writer information section of the application above and provide e-mail addresses for your reference writers. This will enable us to contact your letter writers electronically to request your letters in a timely fashion. Should you prefer to contact your reference writers directly, please include the form below.

Use this form is you are reminding, updating, replacing or adding a reference writer and have already submitted in Part II.

3. Career Statement and Learning Goals

We ask you to comment briefly about the basis of your choice of social work for a professional career and on how your family of origin may have influenced that choice.

If an applicant enters the program, this career statement becomes a part of the student's confidential file which is available to all faculty. The information in this file may be shared with authorized members of the faculty and staff of the school.

4. Case Study

Please provide an example of your clinical work.

The case submitted should include a detailed face sheet, disguised identifying data and process recordings.

5. Clinical Internship Plan

6. Official Transcripts

Please arrange promptly for official copies of both your undergraduate and graduate transcripts bearing signature and seal to be sent to the School from each educational institution attended. Applications cannot be reviewed without transcripts on file.

Transcripts should be mailed to:
Smith College School for Social Work
Office of Admission, Lilly Hall
Northampton, MA 01063

7. Miller Analogy Test Scores

Arrange to take the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) as soon as possible. The Smith College School for Social Work MAT code is 1227.

Submit MAT scores in support of your application no later than the application deadline.

8. TOEFL Scores

An applicant whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT); official scores must be sent to the school by February 1.

Reapplying to the Program

Please click here to request to reapply.

Contact Us

If you choose to mail, fax or e-mail your application, please send materials to:
Smith College SSW
Lilly Hall
Office of Graduate Enrollment
Northampton, MA 01063

E-mail: (MS Word or PDF formats only)
Fax: (413) 585-7990

Confirmation of e-mailed materials will be sent within 48 business hours; if you do not receive confirmation, please resend.

For any questions regarding the application, please contact us.


Those who submit complete applications by February 28 will be notified no later than the end of April. Upon acceptance, students must submit a $500 tuition deposit to reserve their place in the entering class; this non-refundable fee is applied to tuition.

Admission material for those who are accepted and enroll in the school is subject to the regulations of the 1974 Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.