PhD Admissions

The Kent School PhD Program is designed to develop scholars prepared to create knowledge through research that informs interventions and policies and educate future social workers to address critical social problems and pursue social justice. The program is designed to prepare its graduates for positions in academic and related research settings. To learn more about the doctoral program in social work, click here.

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.

Applicants are expected to hold a Master in Social Work from programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or international equivalents and have two years of post-master’s work experience. However, applicants with a Master’s degree in another related discipline are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case by case basis.  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) (http://www.ets.org/gre) scores.  The GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years.   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 program faculty after review of the applicant’s completed written application and are invited in-person, Skype, or phone interview with the applicant.

The admission process involves:

(a) A review of application materials by Kent School’s Doctoral Faculty member

(b) Interviews with those selected.

Admission is typically limited to individuals who hold a Master in Social Work 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.

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.

Application deadline is December 1st.

Application and checklist

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.

Course Descriptions

 

 

Contact Information

Andy Frey, PhD, LCSW,
Director, Doctoral Program
502.852.0431


Christine Payne
Coordinator
502.852.3931