Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School and to the doctoral program at the School of Social Work are as follows:

  • A master’s degree from an accredited school of social work. Exceptions are sometimes made for students with a master’s degree in a related field who have extensive experience in human services
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or comparable grade point average in upper-division work (junior- and senior-level courses) and in any graduate work already completed.
  • A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). To be competitive, your GRE score needs to be at least 1000 in the old scoring method or 300 in new scoring method. Consistent with Electronic Testing (ETS) reporting guidelines, the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School will not accept GRE scores completed over five years ago.
  • International applicants only: International students whose native language is not English must also submit scores for both the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE), or the TOEFL-iBT. TOEFL scores for the four sections should sum to at least 100, and it is preferable to score a minimum of 25 in each section. The School also accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in place of the TOEFL.
  • Applicants are expected to show capacity for advanced academic work and potential for scholarship. The development of competence to design and carry out rigorous research studies relevant to social work is a critical expectation of the Ph.D. program.
  • As part of the application process, applicants are expected to demonstrate excellent writing skills, analytic skills and show evidence of research capabilities and interests.

Download a fact-sheet (PDF) with quick facts about previous PhD applicants and current student cohort.