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Graduate School

Social Work - Ph.D.


  • Major: Social Work
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
  • School/College: Social Work

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Application Deadline: January 15

 Required Documents

  • Official Transcripts
  • Three letters of reference providing evidence of scholarly potential.
  • Resume (outline education, work and volunteer activities)
  • Personal Statement
    • Your career goals
    • How earning a PhD will help you achieve your career goals
    • Why you want to pursue a PhD at the UofSC College of Social Work
    • What, if any, experience you have conducting research or evaluation (i.e. with a faculty member, for employment, etc.)
    • Your major research interest and focus
    • What personal and professional experiences have influenced your research interest and focus
    • How, if at all, your research interest and focus fits with the program's emphases on community-engaged, trans-disciplinary research (i.e., team science) and leadership for social change
  • GRE Score (Applicants with less than 3.0 undergrad GPA)
  • Writing sample  (i.e., published paper, master’s thesis or major classroom assignment)
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores (International non-native English speakers)

Applications Accepted for ...

  • Fall Semester

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