The Doctoral Committee seeks to determine which applicants to the program have the greatest potential for a career in which they produce independent research and contribute to knowledge development in social welfare and social work. We are also interested in applicants who show unusual promise to become exceptional leaders in the field.
The Committee relies on many sources of information to identify the best qualified applicants. The following sources of information (not in rank order of importance) are relevant to this determination:
- Academic Grades: Both undergraduate and graduates grades are reviewed. The Committee takes into account when and where the applicants completed prior academic work. It is generally expected that applicants have grade point averages in the 3.5 to 4.0 range.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores: GRE scores above 600 on the Math and Verbal sections are considered favorably.
- TOEFL: For foreign students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree was not obtained in an English-speaking university, a TOEFL of 600 or above is expected.
- Letters of Recommendation Three letters of recommendation are required from individuals familiar with your academic and scholarly work. The Committee expects strong letters attesting to the candidate’s intellectual capabilities and probable success in doctoral study. The qualifications of the letter writer are considered in evaluating these letters.
- Match between Student and Program: The Committee seeks to match the applicant with professors in the student’s area of interest.
- Professional Experience: The Committee considers the extent and quality of the applicant’s professional experience in social work practice and research.
- Writing Samples: Samples of the applicant’s academic writing are assessed for evidence of intellectual rigor and clarity of presentation.
- Statement of Purpose: The Committee reviews the statement of purpose very carefully to assess the match between applicant and program and the applicant’s ability to write clearly and persuasively.
- Personal Interview: On occasion the Committee may interview applicants to help clarify their interests and abilities.