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PreDoc Exploratory Option

Director: Margaret E. Adamek, Ph.D.

Focus: Exploratory

Credits: Up to 9 credit hours of 700-level courses plus research prerequisites.

Admission Requirements: Paper application, transcripts, personal statement, one letter of recommendation, scholarly writing sample, resume

Admissions Deadline: Applications are accepted throughout the year. Applications received by April 1st are guaranteed consideration for fall entry.

Purpose: The School of Social Work offers a PreDoc Exploratory Option designed for students who would like to explore their interest in doctoral education. PreDoc students may complete up to 9 credit hrs in the Ph.D. program, all of which apply toward the Ph.D. degree if the student later applies and is accepted into the Ph.D. program. The PreDoc option not only provides qualified students with an opportunity to "test the waters" before they submit a formal application to the Ph.D. program, but also provides time for the student to prepare an application dossier, including the completion of a scholarly product and the GRE Test.

Participation in the Pre-Doc Option does not guarantee acceptance into the Ph.D. Program. It does, however, provide a unique opportunity for students to explore that possibility.

Selection Criteria: The selection of candidates for enrollment in the Pre-Doc Exploratory Option is based on the following set of criteria:

  1. An earned master's degree in social work or a related field.
  2. A graduate grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (is preferred). 
  3. Official copies of all baccalaureate- and master's-level transcripts.
  4. A 500-word written statement that outlines the applicant's reasons for seeking enrollment in the Pre-Doc Option.
  5. One letter of reference (preferably from a former instructor).
  6. A professional resume.
  7. A scholarly writing sample.

PreDoc Courses:  Students enrolled in the Pre-Doc Exploratory Option may enroll in research prerequisite courses and up to three 700-level doctoral courses.  PreDoc students are encouraged to enroll in the S721 Scholarship Skills seminar (3 cr hrs) in the Fall semester. Other S700-level courses PreDoc Students may choose are: 

  • S710 Social Work Theories of Human and Social Behavior (3 cr.)
  • S712 International Social Development in a Global Context (3 cr.)
  • S718 Intermediate Statistics for Social Work (3 cr.)
  • S724 Theory, Practice, and Assessment of Social Work Teaching (3 cr.)
  • S726 Advanced Social Work Research: Qualitative Methods (3 cr.)
  • S728 Advanced Statistics for Social Work (3 cr)

S730 Proseminar on Social Work Policy Analysis (3 cr.)
S740 Social Work Practice: Theory and Research (3 cr.)