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College of Social Work


Admission to the Ph.D. program is highly selective; only a limited number of applicants are admitted for each fall semester. We seek applicants who embrace our mission to advance social change and improve individual lives and communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Admission Criteria

  • A completed Graduate school application.
  • Official Transcripts from all post-secondary schools previously attended, including non-degree courses taken.
  • A Master of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited graduate program (a master's degree in a related field may be considered on a case-by-case basis).
  • A grade point average of 3.5 or above for graduate-level work.
  • Evidence of scholarly potential as indicated by three letters of reference.
  • A detailed personal statement.
  • A sample of the applicant's scholarly writing. 
  • Satisfactory score on TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants for whom English is not their primary language. 

Prospective international students must also meet additional International Application Requirements

Advisers from International Student Services provide guidance regarding immigration compliance, academic concerns, cultural adjustment, and personal development in order to promote student success.  

Achieving the PhD is helping me be a contributor to the scholarship on health and social care integration, rather than just being a consumer of scholarship. I am helping shape the evidence-base that ultimately affects social work policy and practice.

Samuel R. Bethel, MSW LCSW LISW-CP


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