It is important that you provide complete and accurate information when applying to the School. The IUSSW reserves the right to withdraw an application and/or revoke an offer of admission if you do not provide this information in a timely manner.

In addition to answering the questions on the form, provide the following information/documentation within the relevant sections:

  • Resume

    A professional resume is required.

  • Personal Statement

    A personal statement (about 750 words) outlining the applicant's reasons and preparation forseeking a PhD in social work.

  • Writing Sample

    The writing sample is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skill to the admissions committee. Ideally, your writing sample should be double-spaced, 11 or 12-point font, and include in-text citations, a title page, and a reference page. American Psychological Association (APA) format is preferred. Typically, applicants submit a paper from their masters’ coursework. Other acceptable documents include a thesis, grant proposal, or publication. If you submit a co-authored document, please indicate your contribution to the paper.

  • Academic Transcripts

    Please submit one current academic transcript from each college/university you have attended. This includes transcripts from study abroad, from institutions where you were enrolled for academic credit as a non-degree student, and/or for credits that you transferred to another college/university. Transcripts must show all completed and/or in-progress coursework. Scanned student copies or unofficial transcripts are accepted. However, self-reported or advising transcripts are not accepted. Please note that if you attended Indiana University, you do not need to submit your Indiana University transcripts.

    Submitted transcripts must include:

    • your name
    • the institution's name
    • your dates of attendance
    • the grades you received for each completed course in all of the terms you attended

    Degree information, including the degree received and the date of its receipt (if applicable) must be on the transcript. If degree information is on a separate degree document (i.e., a diploma), please create one PDF that includes both the transcript and the degree document. Please do this, as applicable, for each college/university for which you are submitting a transcript.

    Include a copy of the transcript key or interpretation guide. This information appears either on the back of the transcript or in a separate document. If your transcript(s) is not in English, please provide a certified English translation.

    Before uploading the documents to the relevant section of the online application form, mark out your social security number and birth date so they cannot be read.

    The IUSSW reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission if any discrepancies are found on your transcripts and/or if transcripts are not provided to the School in a timely manner.

    If the only option is to postal mail the transcript, please have transcripts sent to:

    IU School of Social Work PhD Program
    Education/Social Work Building, ES 4138,
    902 West New York Street
    Indianapolis, IN

  • Recommendations

    Identify three professional references who are willing to write a letter of recommendation for you. Make sure you include the correct email address for each referee in your IUSSW application form. Once you submit your application form, an email will be sent to each referee that includes a link to an electronic Web form. Referees can upload a letter of recommendation to the form or enter text directly within the form.

    Note: PreDoc Option only submit one reference.

Contact Information

Julia Carter

Phone: (317) 274-6705



Incomplete applications will delay processing and will not be reviewed for admission.