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Ph.D. in Social Work

Admission Requirements

Required

  • Master's degree in social work or related field
  • Graduate grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of reference
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination's (GRE) Quantitative and Verbal tests within the past 5 years. The GRE Writing/Analytic test is not required.
  • Completion of a basic statistics course within the past two years with a grade of B or higher. The applicant must include a written statement showing how this requirement has been met or how it will be met before entering the program. 
  • Online graduate application
  • For international students, completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS within the past two years, demonstrating high proficiency.

Preferred

  • GRE scores in at least the 50th percentile on the Quantitative and Verbal tests.
  • Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or higher preferred.
  • M.S.W. degree preferred. Applicants with master’s degrees related to social work and affiliation with social work activities and values are considered.
  • Two years of social work or related practice; two years of post-master’s professional social work experience preferred.
  • Personal interview (telephone or email contacts with the chair of the program are recommended before submitting application).

Deadlines

  • January 17

Admission Process

Applications are not reviewed until all materials are received. The deadline is January 17. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the Graduate Record Examination well in advance of the January 17 deadline. Applications are reviewed by the Ph.D. Admissions Committee in February, and notifications to students are sent in early March. Late applications are considered only on a space-available basis through May 1.

At the point of application all Social Welfare students must agree to the:

If you have questions about the Technical Standards, please contact the appropriate Program Director at 785-864-4720.

Domestic Students

  • Submitted online application (application link will be available on October 1)
  • Submitted online application

When filling out the online application, you will be responsible for gathering the following supporting materials:

  1. Student-issued transcripts from all previously attended schools regardless of degree status
  2. Personal statement of scholarly and research interests in social work practice
  3. Statement of statistics course taken: title, institution, date of completion, and grade; or plan to complete the course prior to enrollment
  4. 3 letters of reference
  5. Graduate Record Examination test scores for the Quantitative and Verbal tests
  6. A nonrefundable application fee of $65

International Students

  • Submitted online application (application link will be available on October 1)
  • Submitted online application

When filling out the online application, you will be responsible for gathering the following supporting materials:

  1. All non-native English speakers are required to show proof of English proficiency
  2. Student-issued transcripts from all previously attended schools regardless of degree status
  3. Personal statement of scholarly and research interests in social work practice
  4. Statement of statistics course taken: title, institution, date of completion, and grade; or plan to complete the course
  5. 3 letters of reference
  6. Graduate Record Examination test scores for the Quantitative and Verbal tests
  7. A nonrefundable application fee of $85

For more information regarding International Students Services, visit the Office of International Student & Scholar Services.


Questions?

Laurie Ramirez
Graduate Student Services Coordinator
785-864-3883
lramirez@ku.edu

Becky Hofer
Director of Graduate Admissions
785-864-8956
bhofer@ku.edu

Margaret Severson
PhD Program Director
 

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