Select a degree program from the titles below to locate the information for your program:
Early Application Option
Applicants who submit their completed application packet by December 1 will be notified of their admissions status through the initial review on or before March 1. Early applicants often have better access to financial aid, field placements, and course registration. For a small number of early applicants, additional information may be required and requested. For these applicants, a final decision may not be available until sometime after March 1.
For the Regular Application Plan, all application materials are due by April 15.
*No social work course or field credit is granted for life experience or previous work experience.
To apply to the Advanced Standing Program, you must comply with all of the application requirements, including:
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.