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Doctoral Program Admissions


GibbesGreen cso 11 0275Admission to the PhD program is selective; only a small number of applicants are admitted for each fall semester. Candidates are sought who possess attributes and career goals that are consistent with the focus of the program.

Requirements for admission include:

  • Master's degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited graduate program;
  • Grade point average of 3.5 or above for graduate level work;
  • Evidence of scholarly potential as indicated by two letters of reference;
  • Personal statement of professional experience, career goals, and research interests;
  • Graduate Record Examination (general) scores or Miller Analogy Test scores;
  • Sample of the applicant's writing;
  • Satisfactory score on TOEFL or IELTS for international students for whom English is not their primary language (see http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/Future/international.htm)

Doctoral students who bring varied practice experiences enrich the learning environment and are better prepared to be professional educators. The doctoral admissions committee, however, reserves the right to consider applicants without post-Master’s practice experience. The individual strengths of each candidate will be considered.
Each class is selected to include individuals with high potential to learn from each other as well as from the faculty. Doctoral students are admitted in the spring to begin full-time study in the fall.

Application Deadline
The deadline for applications is January 15. Files may be submitted earlier. Admissions decisions will begin after January 15.

How to Apply
If you find that our PhD program is consistent with your career goals, we invite you to apply. Please submit your PhD application, personal statement of career goals, and a sample of your social work.

Contact Us
Terry Wolfer, Doctoral Program Coordinator
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Analucia Brown, MSW & PhD Admissions Coordinator
College of Social Work
DeSaussure 228A
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
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Phone (803) 777-3599
Fax (803) 777-2774

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