Before You Apply

studentsThe decision to begin a doctoral program in social work is an important one. It is vital to make sure you are choosing an institution and program that best fits your needs.

General information about our PhD program
  • Application deadline: December 15 for fall admission only
  • Degree awarded: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Part-time study available? No
  • Distance learning available? No

The steps below will help you further in determining whether our doctoral program is the best fit for you and will provide more information about UT Austin and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work:

  1. Ensure that The University of Texas at Austin is the right fit for you. Visit our Why Choose UT Austin page and the Graduate School page
  2. Explore our PhD program. You might be interested in learning about some of our current doctoral students, and about the careers of some of our alumni. Don’t forget to visit the institutes page to learn about the research done at the school.
  3. Request a PhD information packet.
  4. View the PhD application checklist (PDF). It may be helpful as you complete your graduate application.
  5.  Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Sherry Melecki at or call 512-471-3925 with additional questions or to schedule a visit to the school.