• Admissions Criteria

    Admissions decisions to the PhD program are primarily based on a review of your previous undergraduate and graduate work, your experience in human services (paid, volunteer, research, and internship), and the references and written documentation you provide. You must meet the following criteria:

    1. Undergraduate and master's transcripts. Graduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale is preferred.
    2. GRE test scores within the last five years. Institution Code: 1325, Social Work Code: 5001
    3. Critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate effectively in writing, as reflected in the personal statement and scholarly writing sample.
    4. Evidence of personal qualities considered important for social work practice.
    5. For international applicants, a minimum TOEFL score of 79 is required. The TOEFL is waived for applicants who earned a degree in the U.S
    6. It is the policy of the School of Social Work that no student or applicant who has been convicted of sex offenses against children shall be eligible for admission or continuation into the BSW, MSW or Ph.D. programs.
  • After Submission

    Once you submit your application, you will receive a number of emails regarding the application process:

    • The first email includes a copy of your application.
    • The second email notifies you of your application progress.
    • As part of the IUSSW application process, you must provide three professional references. Once your references provide the necessary information requested by the School, you will receive an email that confirms your application is ready for committee review.
  • Admissions Decisions

    Once the committee review is complete, you will receive an email with a decision of admission. To accept an offer of admission, you must complete an intent form within a given time frame. Failure to meet this deadline may be cause for cancellation of admission. The offer of admission provides specific details about the intent form.