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Ph.D. Admissions Requirements

Early application is strongly encouraged as the number of new students admitted each year is limited, and the admissions process is competitive. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $50.00 for domestic applicants and $80.00 for international applicants. Incomplete applications, including those without the required fee, will not be reviewed.

To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. Program applicants must:

  1. Hold a master’s degree in social work (M.S.W.) from a CSWE-accredited program. Official transcripts, showing degrees awarded and date(s) conferred, from all colleges and universities previously attended are required, OR Hold a master’s degree in a related social science discipline from an accredited program. The Doctoral Admissions Committee will evaluate whether M.S.W. foundation prerequisite courses will be required.
  2. Have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or better (A=4.0) in all previous undergraduate and graduate work. Applicants who do not meet the minimum 3.5 GPA requirement but who demonstrate excellence in other areas of the application may be considered. We will calculate your GPA based on your transcripts.
  3. The GRE requirement for admission to the PhD Program has been temporarily suspended through the Spring 2022 admissions cycle. If you decide to submit scores less than 5 years old, they should be submitted by the testing agency directly. The University of Houston's institutional code for the GRE is 6870.
  4. Submit a minimum of three, but not more than four, letters of recommendation from persons who are familiar with your potential for doctoral education. At least two letters must be from academics (i.e., former tenure-track professors, graduate advisor, etc).
  5. Submit a current vita and a written narrative statement that describes your academic and employment histories, and your interest in the Ph.D. program. Identify the faculty you wish to work with in order to develop your research interest.
  6. Submit samples of publications, papers, or other materials reflecting your academic and research excellence. An admissions interview (in-person or by phone) may be requested at the discretion of the Doctoral Committee.
Note: Proficiency in English. Any student, prior to admission or during their course of study, may be required to demonstrate English proficiency through submission of a satisfactory score on a test designated by the Associate Dean of the college. Students whose written or spoken English skills appear to be marginal (i.e., they may impede academic success and/or reflect communication problems) may be required to seek instruction outside the college.