PhD Qualifications

LauraEllen Ashcraft

Persons seeking admission to the PhD Program must demonstrate the potential for doctoral studies. All applicants to the Doctoral Program in Social Work must provide the following:

  • Completion of the PhD Application.
  • Official copies of all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  • *Optional: GREs taken within the last five years. (Use code 2927).
  • A general statement of the applicant's academic and professional experience, including future career goals. This statement should relate past and current experience to the applicant's future educational and career objectives.
  • A short analysis of a social policy issue.
  • Three letters of reference from professors and persons who have known the applicant in a professional capacity. Do not include personal references.
  • The $50 application fee is waived for fall 2022 applicants. 

Apply to the School of Social Work PhD Program

Application components should be sent to:

University of Pittsburgh
School of Social Work
Office of Admissions
2101 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


The doctoral program is strongly committed to a policy of equal educational opportunity for people of all races, creeds and ethnic origins.