Ph.D. application guidelines

Applicants to the Ph.D. Program must have an earned master’s degree in social work or a related discipline from an accredited institution. The GRE is not a required component of the application for admission.

Upcoming application deadline

To be considered for admission and financial aid for Fall 2024, applicants should submit all materials by Jan. 10, 2024.

Application materials

The application and all supporting materials must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions online application system or, for international students, through International Admissions.

Supporting materials to include with your application

International applicants

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be sure to review additional requirements on the International Admissions graduate student page. International applicants should request their course-by-course external evaluation of foreign transcripts no less than one month before the deadline listed to ensure that all application materials are received by the deadline.

Admissions review process

The School of Social Work faculty assess completed applications and make recommendations about admission. Their evaluations are based on applicants’ demonstrated capacity for critical and creative thinking, ability to synthesize and apply knowledge, clarity of expression, past and potential academic achievement, tenacity and motivation, and fit with the VCU Ph.D. Program.

Applicants who are moved to the second round of reviews are interviewed by a faculty member, either in person or by videoconference.

Nonmatriculated students in Ph.D. courses

The Ph.D. Program occasionally permits nonmatriculated students (those not admitted to the VCU Ph.D. Program) to enroll in a course to help them assess their interest in doctoral education. Satisfactory performance as a nondegree-seeking student does not assure admission as a degree-seeking student.

Have questions?

If you're a prospective student interested in the VCU School of Social Work Ph.D. Program, contact us at (804) 828-1030 or