PhD Admissions

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The PhD program of the School of Social Work seeks to admit candidates that demonstrate a personal and professional readiness to pursue graduate education in social work and to make a significant contribution to the profession.

The school welcomes applications from all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religious affiliation, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, or ability. In order to maintain a dynamic student body, the following areas are given particular consideration in admission: human services motivation, academic potential, interpersonal effectiveness, capacity for sustained effort, communication skills, and contribution to a diverse student body.

Admission to the PhD program is competitive and early application is encouraged. Application requires admission to both The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School and the School of Social Work.

Applicants are reviewed and evaluated on the basis of their applicant file, which includes:

    • Records of academic work
    • A personal narrative statement
    • A writing sample or publication
    • A current resume
    • Scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE)
    • Letters of recommendation

What to do next? Download a fact-sheet (PDF) with information about PhD applicants and current student cohort. Check our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Learn about admissions requirements for the PhD program. Check this list of steps before you apply. If you are ready to apply, read instructions for the PhD application process and find information about financial aid and possible sources of funding.