PHD Social Work admissions


Application deadline is December 1st.

Admission to the PhD program is competitive.  Applicants should utilize the Application Checklist to ensure that all application requirements and relevant deadlines are met.  Please contact Christine Payne, Coordinator, to answer any questions related to submission of application materials.

Admission is typically limited to individuals who hold a Master in Social Work degree from programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or international equivalents. We also prefer that applicants have two years of post-master’s work experience. However, applicants without a Master’s degree in social work, but with a Master’s degree in another related discipline are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Update  9/09/2020:  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Kent School of Social Work doctoral program is suspending the GRE requirement for 2020-2021 applicants.

Other expected qualifications include at least a 3.0 undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA), a graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher on 4.0 scale, and competitive Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores ( Information about taking the GRE can be obtained by calling the Prometric Testing Center in Louisville: 502-423-0478, and the University of Louisville routinely offer GRE preparation courses.

Admission decisions are made by the doctoral faculty after considerations of the applicant’s completed written application and an interview (if agreed to by the doctoral faculty) with the applicant.

New Student Information

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Fellowships & Assistantships

Limited graduate research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships are available for incoming full-time students. Financial Support Information

Tuition & Fees

Go to the Bursar’s website for current tuition.