Ph.D. in Social Work

How to Apply

USF Admissions Application

Applicants need to complete their application via USF Admissions. The link to the USF Admissions application is here.


Applications for Fall 2019 will be accepted till June 2019. 

Educational Requirements


Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with preferred scores of at least 30% in the quantitative section and at least 50% in the verbal section.


Two letters of recommendation addressing applicant's academic and professional capabilities. Please make sure your reference includes the following in their letter:

Personal Statement

The personal statement is an important component of your application. Please prepare a statement that addresses each of the following topics. Please use the following outline to guide your statement.

This personal statement should be typed double-spaced on separate, numbered, 8.5" x 11" pages and should be approximately 5 to 7 pages long.

Professional Writing Sample

Professional writing sample providing evidence of scholarly abilities, such as journal article, book chapter, technical report, thesis, grant application or other comparable work.

Resume / Curriculum Vitae

Applicants are required to upload a recent copy of their Resume / CV in the document upload portion of the USF Application and select Resume/Vitae as the document that is being uploaded. 


The admissions committee may request an in-person or telephone interview with an applicant to clarify materials submitted.