PhD Admission Criteria

We consider your career goals and how well they match our program and your personal statement and research interests to make sure there is a good match between you and our faculty members’ research interests.

  • To be admitted to the Mandel School doctoral program, candidates should have a master’s degree from an accredited school of social work or a master’s degree in a related field and demonstrate a superior record in undergraduate and graduate studies.

  • Admission considerations include practical experience in social welfare; scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years; letters of reference; and competency in written and spoken English.

  • Students from non-English speaking countries must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), taken within the past two years.

  • One example (not exceeding 25 pages) of a recent, single or co-authored work of scholarly writing that provides evidence of your capacity to think analytically and critically about a social welfare issue. The following are examples of appropriate submissions: published article, book chapter or book, unpublished research report, term paper written in a graduate level course or a grant application.

  • The Doctoral Program Admissions Committee meets and makes the decision on each application.