PHD Social Work admissions

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Application deadline is December 1st every year for the following fall semester entry

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work Program at the Kent School of Social Work and Family Science. Admission to the PhD program is competitive.Kent School of Social Work rose garden outside of Oppenheimer Hall.  Applicants should utilize the Application Checklist to ensure that all application requirements and relevant deadlines are met.  Please email the Kentphd service account, 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  7/13/2022: The Kent School of Social Work and Famly Science is suspending the GRE requirement for 2023-2024 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 (http://www.ets.org/gre.) 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.


Application and checklist:

The admission process involves:

(a)  Review of application materials by the doctoral admissions committee

(b)  Admission committee interviews with those selected

(c)  Recommendations of selected applicants are forwarded to the Graduate School