Ph.D. Admission Process

Application Deadlines

Application Deadline: February 21

Special requests for submitting an application after the deadline can be directed to sswadm@smith.edu.

Admission Requirements

The Ph.D. program is open to candidates who have graduated from an accredited school of social work and have a period of post-master’s practice experience (we require a minimum of one year post-master’s experience, but prefer additional experience). We will consider applicants who do not have an M.S.W. degree but who have had closely related graduate education and postgraduate clinical practice experience.

We have a deep commitment to diversity and to the training of professionals to meet the needs of people of color. This commitment is reflected in the development of a diverse student body as well as diversity in the school’s faculty and staff.

Requesting a Deferral

The Admission Committee accepts requests for deferral for a one year period. To request a deferral, submit the Admission Reply Form and the $500 non-refundable Tuition Deposit by the deadline outlined in the offer of admission along with your written request for deferral. Approval notifications are sent within two weeks, at which time a non-refundable Deferral Fee of $150 is due. Email sswadm@smith.edu for additional details. 

Interviews

The Admission Committee may initiate an interview if it feels one would be helpful; otherwise, interviews are not required in the application process. Informational interviews to discuss details of the program and questions about the application process are available by appointment by emailing sswadm@smith.edu

Ph.D. Application Notification and Decision

All complete applications will receive a decision on or before April 30. Upon acceptance, students must submit a $500 tuition deposit to reserve their place in the entering class; this non-refundable fee is applied to tuition.

Have questions?