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Ph.D. in Social Work

Admission Requirements

Submitted online application (application link will be available on October 1 to January 15)

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.
    1. Master's degree in social work is preferred. Applicants with master’s degrees related to social work and affiliation with social work activities and values are considered. Graduate grade-point average of 3.5 or higher is required. Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or higher preferred.
  2. Current resume/curriculum vitae
    1. Two years of social work or related practice; two years of post-master’s professional social work experience preferred.
  3. Personal statement of scholarly and research interests in social work practice
    1. In 1250 words or less, please address the following:
      1. Describe any research experiences you have had to date, and your current scholarly interests.
      2. Describe one or two potential research questions that you would like to explore in a doctoral program. Discuss why these questions are important to the field and how addressing these questions would advance social work practice and/pr social policy.
      3. Describe why you chose the University of Kansas. If there are KU faculty members or research projects in which you have special interest, please mention them in your description.
  4. Completion of basic statistics course within the past two years with a grade of B or higher. Applicant must include a written statement showing how this requirement has been met, how it will be met before entering the program, or indicate that they plan to apply for a waiver of this requirement based on extensive research experience.
  5. Three online recommendation references >> with additional letters. The most persuasive letters speak to your research experience and/aptitude and critical thinking/intellectual ability. Former professors are often best able to provide this kind of information, although others in your professional life may also be able to speak to these qualities.
  6. Graduate Record Examination test scores for the Quantitative and Verbal tests, no more than five years old. GRE scores in at least the 50th percentile on the Quantitative and Verbal tests preferred. Upload a copy of the GRE score sheet.
  7. At the point of application all Social Welfare students must agree to the:
    1. NASW Code of Ethics >>
    2. School of Social Welfare Technical Standards (pdf). If you have questions about the Technical Standards, please contact the appropriate program director at 785-864-4720.
  8. Personal interview by telephone or email contacts with the chair of the program are recommended but not required before submitting application
  9. All non-native English speakers are required to submit a copy of their TOEFL or IELTS score sheet takin within the past two years to show proof of English proficiency >>. For more information regarding International Students Services, visit the Office of International Student & Scholar Services >>.
  10. Non-refundable application fee of $65 for domestic and $85 for international students

Application Deadline

  • January 15

Applications are not reviewed until all materials are received. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the Graduate Record Examination well in advance of the application 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.

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Ashley Anguiano Gomez
Recruitment Coordinator
Twente Hall Room 101
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