GSS Ph.D. in Social Work Application Process

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Are you prepared to be a leader of change in social work education and research? Apply for the Ph.D. in Social Work program at Fordham University. We encourage applications from individuals committed to a tradition of learning, service, and social justice.

  • Prerequisites

    Applicants must have:

    • A master's degree in social work or a related field.
    • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.
    • Graduate GPA of 3.5 or better.


    Students are admitted in the fall semester only.
    All application materials are due February 1.

  • Every application must include the following elements.

    • Completed application form.
    • Statement of Career Activities and Plans. This brief essay should indicate why you are pursuing a Ph.D., explain your experience and scholarly interests, and state how the Ph.D. curriculum will help you achieve your career goals.
    • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools you attended are required.
    • Two academic references.
    • Two professional (employment) references. If you do not have two professional references, you may substitute a third academic reference for one professional reference.
    • Complete Resume or CV.
    • Publications, written reports, and presentations. Please submit copies of your written work that demonstrates your capacity for doctoral study.
    • GRE scores. Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, and Analytic Writing scores are required.
      • The school code for the Graduate School of Social Service is 2252.
      • The Ph.D. department code is 5001.
      • Further information on the GRE exam can be found on the GRE website.
    • Application fee. $75, payable by credit card on the online application page. If you must pay by check, please send a check payable to Fordham University to the address below.
  • We encourage you to submit all materials via our online application.

    If you must send some items by mail, such as published work or a check, please send them to:

    Whenever possible, please submit documents electronically to [email protected].

    Fordham University
    GSS Office of Admissions
    113 West 60th Street, Suite 608
    New York, NY 10023