Applying for the PhD in Social Work
How to Apply
Applicants to the PhD Program at Saint Louis University must apply on the Graduate Education Degree and Certificate Programs website and select Criminology and Professional Practice (MS).
Supporting application documents should be sent to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Saint Louis University
DuBourg Hall, Room 150
St. Louis, MO 63103
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
This program is designed for individuals who already hold a master's degree in social work or closely related field. All applications are considered on an individual basis with a balanced approach.
We require that each student have a willing faculty mentor as part of the application. Students are therefore encouraged to familiarize themselves with the research of a faculty member and reach out to that faculty member to serve as a mentor. Students are also required to submit results from the GRE. Scores may not be more than 5 years old. Applicants with an existing doctoral-level degree do not need to submit GRE scores.
Additional application requirements:
- An earned master's degree from an accredited college or university (a transcript from this institution is required).
- A résumé or curriculum vitae and a two page, double- spaced statement of purpose that includes research interests, career goals and objectives.
- Four confidential letters of recommendation from professionals qualified to evaluate an applicant's potential for success in the program.
- A writing sample.
All students are required to submit an application, even students currently enrolled in master's programs at SLU. The PhD program only accepts applications for the fall semester. The application deadline is February 15. Admission decisions will be finalized by April 15.