Ph.D. Admissions

The PhD program focuses on building research, teaching, and analytic competencies through courses on social (work) theories, advanced research design and analysis, teaching, ethics, special topics seminars, guided research practicums and independent studies. 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 norma.kyriss@louisville.edu , program coordinator to answer any questions related to submission of application materials.

Applicants are expected to hold 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 an 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 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 January 5.

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.

Program Course Descriptions and Sample Curriculum Schedule

Application

Application Checklist

Contact Information

Bibhuti Sar, Ph.D., Director, Doctoral Program

502.852.3932

Email Dr. Sar

Norma Kyriss, Coordinator

502.852.3931

Email Norma Kyriss