In addition to requirements set forth by the Graduate School of The University of Texas, the Doctoral Committee of the School of Social Work also looks for evidence of the following when reviewing applications:
- 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.
- Applicants must have a master’s degree from an accredited school of social work. Exceptions are sometimes made to this requirement for applicants from countries without accreditation or for applicants with exceptionally strong credentials and with experience working in social work settings.
- Applicants are expected to demonstrate excellent writing skills, particularly those that show evidence of analytic skills and research capabilities and interests, as part of the admissions application.