Admissions to the Doctoral Program
To be considered for admission to the Doctoral Program, applicants must have:
- A master's degree in social work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, or, less preferably, in a related discipline.
- Evidence of strong academic ability.
- Evidence of commitment to the values, goals and purposes of the social work profession.
- Evidence of two years of work experience in human services (may be waived in special circumstances).
- Evidence of a direction for and commitment to social intervention research.
Currently, we are not accepting applications to the MSW/PhD Continuum Program. Instead, we encourage interested applicants to apply to our MSW program, and later to our PhD program following completion of the MSW degree.
The Doctoral Program admits students only once each year. The application system will open August 1, 2017, for Fall 2018 admittance. To be considered for admission, application materials must be submitted by January 9, 2018, after which time the application system will be closed. Please note that the Admissions Committee begins making admissions decisions the first week of January. The Admissions Committee will review only completed applications. Once the Committee has determined which applicants are eligible for admission, qualified applicants will be nominated for University fellowships or other University financial assistance. The Admissions Committee will work to make all admissions decisions by mid-March.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Although the deadline for submitting all application materials is January 9th, earlier is better. However, if you wish to be considered for a UNC Graduate School fellowship, you should apply by December 12, 2017. The Admissions Committee will begin screening applicants for these award recommendations at this time.
Early applications are encouraged. Applicants must complete and submit a Graduate School application online. To apply online, please click here http://gradschool.unc.edu/admissions/ to go to the Admissions portal.
Applicants are required to submit the following:
- Application Fee: check or money order if not paid by credit card when applying online ($85.00)
- Residency Form, if claiming N.C. residency for tuition
- GRE Exam Scores: Required for all applicants. No more than five years old (ETS Institutional Code 5816, DEPT 5001).
- TOEFL Score: for international applicants
- Statement of Purpose (click here for detailed information)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letters of Recommendation - Minimum of three - (Recommendation Form)
- Sample of Professional Writing (click here for detailed information)
- Copies of official transcripts of all undergraduate and post-graduate study
- International Financial Certificate: If you are a foreign applicant
The Admissions Committee will review only completed admission files. Applicants will be notified, via e-mail, if materials are missing from their application packet and will receive confirmation once their application is complete.
Telephone Information Sessions
You may request a telephone information session with the Associate Dean for Doctoral Education to discuss your research interests, receive answers to specific questions, and obtain an overview of the program.
If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Doctoral Program Coordinator.
Doctoral Program Coordinator
Matthew Howard, Ph.D.
Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor for Human Services Policy Information
Associate Dean for Doctoral Education, School of Social Work
Please include "Doctoral Program" in your email subject line.