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Ph.D. Admissions

Admission Requirements

Please note: The GRE requirement has been waived for the Fall 2021 application cycle for the Ph.D. Program

Applicants to the Doctoral Program in Social Work must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an MSW with a grade point average of 3.0 or better from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education*;
  • Have a bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or better from an accredited college;
  • Have a minimum of two years post-MSW experience in social work*;
  • Have values consistent with the profession of social work

*Individuals whose backgrounds do not match these specific requirements may also be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis, pending the committee’s review of applicants’ prior training and career experience.

Applicants to the Ph.D. Program will be evaluated based on several criteria, including but not limited to applicant’s potential for scholarship, knowledge, research, commitment and promise, conceptual and analytical skills, commitment to diversity and disadvantaged populations, letters of reference, professional experience, and potential for success in the program.

Questions? If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Ph.D. Program office at 959-200-3603.

Preparing Your Application

UConn School of Social Work uses an online self-managed application process. This process places the responsibility on the applicant for the collection and submission of all documents.

The application requires:

  • General Application Information
  • Recommendations – Three professional references
  • Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Writing Sample
  • Test Scores – GRE     The GRE requirement is waived for applications for Fall 2021

International Applicants must also provide:

  • Test Scores – TOEFL

Please note: Any materials submitted in addition to those listed above will not be reviewed as part of the application.


Begin Your Application

Click here to begin an application to the UConn School of Social Work

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Ph.D. Program Office at 959.200.3603.

Application Deadline

The deadline to submit your Ph.D. program application is January 8.

Communication and Admission Notification

Communication with applicants regarding status of applications, requests for additional or missing information, and application decisions will be sent by email. Each applicant must provide a valid email address on the electronic application and maintain that address throughout the application process. Please be certain to check your Spam or Trash folders to ensure you do not overlook any UConn emails.

You will receive frequent communication from both the UConn Graduate School and the UConn School of Social Work throughout the time as an applicant and an accepted student. It is important that all communication is reviewed and responded to in a timely manner.

Applicant Decision Notification
School of Social Work faculty review all completed applications and makes admission decisions. When a decision has been made, you will receive an email notification to check your account to view the decision. Applicants will be notified of decisions no later than early April. No deferment of admission is permitted.