Select a degree program from the titles below to locate the information for your program:
*No social work course or field credit is granted for life experience or previous work experience.
Early Action Deadline: December 1
Regular Admissions Deadline: April 15
February 1st including first-semester grades
A Master’s degree in social work from an accredited university or a Master’s degree in a related field. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher a graduate grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Two years of post-MSW work experience is recommended but not required.
(NOTE: Applicants for the Ph.D. program must speak with the Director of the Doctoral Program, or a faculty member, prior to submitting the application for admission. Please contact the admissions office at 610- 526-5152 for available times and dates.)
Doctoral Candidate Checklist
- Interview - Applicants for the Ph.D. program must speak with the Director of the Doctoral Program, or a faculty member, prior to submitting the application for admission. Please contact the admissions office at 610- 526-5152 for available times and dates.
- Application with personal statement - A personal statement describing an applicant’s reasons for choosing to pursue doctoral education in social work and social welfare. Applicants are required as well to analyze a social problem, identifying factors that must be considered in developing a policy or program to address the problem, and the social work practice issues implied by the analysis.
- 3 Recommendations - Letters of recommendation are required from three individuals capable of assessing the applicant’s ability to successfully engage in doctoral study. Two of these should be academic references.
- GRE test results - GRE scores of at least 500 on the verbal and quantitative reasoning parts of the test (600 is desirable); a score of at least 5.0 on the analytic writing test.
- Official Transcripts - An official transcript from all colleges and universities attended.