Apply for Ph.D.

Our nationally acclaimed faculty and rigorous course of study prepare students to be leaders in social work research and education.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A master’s degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • An MSW from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education is preferred.
  • A bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Note: A minimum of two years post-MSW practice experience is strongly preferred.

The GRE requirement is waived for applications for Fall 2022.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program should be highly motivated and self-directed, with values consistent with the profession of social work and a commitment to diversity and marginalized populations. Applicants will be evaluated based on several criteria, including the potential to contribute to knowledge generation and advancement of the social work profession, openness to new ideas, successful professional experience, maturity, and academic promise.

The application requires:

  • Three letters of recommendation. These should come from academic sources, research mentors, or professional colleagues/supervisors and assess your academic aptitude, personal attributes, and capacity to successfully engage in doctoral education.
  • A compelling personal statement of approximately six pages that describes your professional background, research interests and career goals after earning a Ph.D.
  • A writing sample that reflects your writing and research skills, aptitude to synthesize literature and other sources of information, analytic ability, and capacity for critical thinking. Examples include a class paper, policy brief, published article, grant application, or newly prepared writing sample.
  • An updated resume.
  • Transcripts from all academic institutions attended.
  • International applicants must also provide TOEFL test scores.

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

Funding Opportunities for Entering Students

Application Deadline

The deadline to submit your Ph.D. program application is December 15, 2021.

Communication and Admission Notification

Communication with applicants regarding the status of an application, requests for additional or missing information, and application decisions will be sent by email. Each applicant must provide a valid email address on their electronic application and maintain that address throughout the application process.

You will receive frequent communication from both the UConn Graduate School and the UConn School of Social Work as an applicant and an accepted student. Please review all communication and respond 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.  Most applicants will be notified of decisions by mid-April.