How Do I Apply?
To apply to the PhD program through the University of Louisville, the following materials must be received by February 1:
Completed graduate school application
- Three letters of recommendation for graduate school (sent by your references) to Dr. Bibhuti K. Sar
- Application for Admission to the UofL PhD in Social Work Program
- Official transcripts from each college/university attended
- Official report of GRE scores
- Your resume
- A sample of scholarly or professional writing
- A personal statement of career goals, research interests, and reasons for pursuing studies (no more than 3 pages)
- Application fee of $60.00 (unless your most recent degree is from the University of Louisville)
Send all materials to:
University of Louisville
SIGS, Graduate Admission
Louisville, KY 40292
Doctoral Admission Process
The admission process involves the following:
1) review of application materials by the doctoral faculty,
2) selected personal interviews
3) review by the UofL Program Faculty, and
4) acceptance by the Graduate School of the University of Louisville.
The Social Work PhD program emphasizes theory development and research. There is insufficient time in a PhD program to completely orient students to every specialty within the complex and diverse field of social work, as well as prepare academic and research scholars. Therefore, this program is limited to individuals who hold Master's degrees in Social Work from programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Students are encouraged to have at least two years of post-master's, full-time paid social work experience. This is a CSWE requirement to teach social work practice and practicum courses in accredited social work education programs.
Other Expected Qualifications
Other expected qualifications include at least a 2.5 undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) and a graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher, on 4.0 scales, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test combined scores of 1,000 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections, with no lower than 400 in each area. Information about taking the GRE can be obtained by calling the Prometric Testing Center in Louisville: 502-423-0478; or in Lexington (859) 268-8147. Other qualifications being equal, preference will be given to MSWs teaching in accredited social work programs in Kentucky colleges and universities.