Doctoral Program Admissions

Application to the PhD program requires admission to both UT Austin Graduate School and the Steve Hicks School. A single online application is needed.
Admission to the PhD program is competitive. We encourage early application.

doctoral students at graduation

We welcome applications from all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religious affiliation, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, or ability. We consider these aspects during admission: human services motivation, academic potential, interpersonal effectiveness, capacity for sustained effort, and communication skills.

Before you apply

Let us help you decide if our doctoral program is the right fit for you:

Minimum requirements
  • Master’s degree from accredited school of social work or related field with extensive experience in human services.
  • GPA of 3.00 or above in upper-division (junior and senior) courses and in any completed graduate work.
  • Minimum grade of B on a college or above statistics course. Research methods courses do not fulfill this requirement.
  • International applicants from countries with primary language other than English: scores for TOEFL (minimum of 100, 25 in each section preferred) and TSE, or TOEFL-iBT. We do not accept IELTS.
  • Show capacity for advanced academic work and potential for scholarship.
  • Demonstrate excellent writing and analytic skills, show evidence of research interests and capabilities.
  • The GRE score requirement is waived for the Fall 2023-2024 application cycle.

Application process

The deadline to submit all application materials is November 17, 2023. Applicant files not complete by this deadline will not be reviewed.

After you apply

All applicants are notified electronically of admission decisions as soon as they are finalized. You will be notified if you are admitted, denied, or on a wait list. We strive for a cohort of approximately six PhD students per year.
Please visit this Graduate School’s page for more information.

Info Sessions

Come to one of our PhD information meetings and learn about the program and the admission process. All meetings are in Central Time and last 90 minutes.

  • Please sign up for the info session you want to attend by clicking on the RSVP link below.
  • The RSVPs close 1 hour before each information session.
  • Please direct any questions about the info sessions to the PhD Graduate Coordinator, Monica Urso.

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, August 17th12pm CST
Thursday, September 21st5pm CST

More to explore

As a PhD student, you can work at the Steve Hicks School as a research assistant, teaching assistant and assistant instructor.

Explore financial resources at UT Austin and the Steve Hicks School.

Led by social work faculty, these research institutes advance interdisciplinary, scientifically rigorous social and behavioral research.