Admission Process, Dates and Deadlines

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We’re so glad you are ready to begin your application! If you have any questions during the admission process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

Deadlines and Fees:

  • Application Deadline: February 1 
  • Financial Aid Application Deadline: March 1 
  • Notification Date: All complete applications will receive a decision on or before March 30. 
  • Acceptance of Offer and Deadline for Deposit: Upon acceptance, students must submit a $500 tuition deposit to reserve their place in the entering class within two weeks of acceptance notification. This non-refundable fee is applied to tuition.

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 two years 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 their clients. This commitment is reflected in the five Core Principles that guide all of our work.


Interviews are not required during the application process, however the Admission Committee may initiate an interview if it feels one would be helpful. Informational interviews to discuss details of the program and questions about the application process are available by appointment.