Application Information

The following materials should be provided by filling out the application and uploading the required documents at:

http://gradadmissions.wayne.edu/apply.php

Ph.D. Program:  All applicants must demonstrate potential for study for a Ph.D. degree by providing the following documents:

  • Completed application (online at http://gradschool.wayne.edu/future/grad-admission.php), by December 18 for the following Fall term.
  • Current Personal Résumé
  • Three letters of reference, two from faculty, researchers, practitioners or administrators holding a doctoral degree who will be asked to evaluate the applicant's scholarship and aptitude for research. A third reference from an individual who has supervised the applicant, preferably since attaining the M.S.W. degree.
  • Official copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Graduate Record Examination: Students must submit official GRE scores taken within the last five years. Successful applicants have generally scored 147 on the quantitative reasoning and 153 on the verbal reasoning sections.
  • English Language Proficiency: Students whose native language is not English are expected to complete the TOEFL examination. A score of 80 or higher is required for admission into the program.
  • Statement of Professional Goals: A three to five page, typewritten statement that describes the motivation for doctoral study, description of any experiences outside of normal coursework that are relevant to the applicant's proposed field of study, career goals, potential focus for research area and how that research interest may fit with one or more of the research programs of the Doctoral Program Faculty at the School of Social Work. 
  • Writing Sample: At least one sample of scholarly writing (article, chapter, thesis, term paper, grant proposal or research report), of at least five typed pages, published or unpublished, that demonstrates the applicant's writing ability to critique, synthesize and make conclusions about key social work issues or problems.

 Clinical Scholarship Track: Admission Requirements

Applications to the Clinical Scholarship Track of the Ph.D. Program are welcomed from persons holding the M.S.W. degree, preferably with five or more years of post-M.S.W. supervised clinical social work experience. A one-year supervised doctoral practicum experience is required of all students admitted to the clinical scholarship track with less than five years' supervised postmasters' clinical social work experience.  All other requirements for admission are identical to existing doctoral program requirements in the School of Social Work. These are:

  • Grade Point Average: It is recommended that applicants have a minimum 3.5 undergraduate GPA as well as a minimum 3.5 graduate GPA.
     
  • GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION: Students must submit official GRE scores taken within the last five years.
    Successful applicants have generally scored 147 on the quantitative reasoning and 153 on the verbal reasoning sections.
  • English Language Proficiency: Students whose native language is not English are expected to complete the TOEFL examination. A score of 80 or higher is required for admission into the program.

PERSONAL STATEMENT: Applicants must submit a written statement discussing their interest in doctoral education and how it fits into their career goals. This statement should describe the applicant's relevant research and clinical professional experiences.  It should describe the applicant's motivation for doctoral study in a Clinical Scholarship Program, career goals, potential focus for clinical research, and the compatibility of the applicant's research interest(s) with existing research programs of School of Social Work faculty. 

EXAMPLE OF SCHOLARLY WRITING (published or unpublished): The writing example should demonstrate the applicant's ability to critique, synthesize, and make conclusions about key clinical social work issues.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation, two of which must be academic references characterizing the applicant's strengths in theory and research.  One letter of recommendation must be from a former or current clinical supervisor or clinical consultant. 

A personal interview will be required. This is usually conducted in-person, although may, if necessary, be performed via Skype or telephone.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 18th for the following Fall term.

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