How to Apply

The PhD in Social Work Program invites applications from prospective students who possess a commitment to advancing social work knowledge and enhancing the well-being of vulnerable, urban populations.  Applications for full- and part-time study are accepted from September through February in order to begin classes the following fall semester.  There are two application deadlines:  December 15 is the early application deadline and February 15 is the final deadline.  Applicants who meet the December 15th deadline will receive an admission decision by the end of January and are eligible to be nominated for University Fellowships.  Applicants who meet the February 15th deadline will receive an admission decision by mid- to late March.

For consideration for admission to the PhD in Social Work Program, you must be admitted to both the UIC Graduate College and the Jane Addams College of Social Work Doctoral Program. To complete the necessary application, all of the following materials should be electronically submitted via the UIC Graduate Application Document process.

The entire application process is outlined in the task list below.  If you have questions please contact the PhD Program Office.

Application Timeline

  • September 1

    UIC Online Graduate Application for the PhD program is available

  • December 15

    PhD Program Preferred/Early Decision Application Deadline

  • February 15

    PhD Program Application Final Deadline

Application Task Checklist

  • Submit the UIC Graduate College Admission Application

    To start the PhD program application process submit the UIC Graduate College Admissions Application.

  • Submit your Personal Statement

    Submit a personal statement in which you address the following points:

    • Reasons for applying to the PhD program, your professional plans and objectives, and how the PhD will help you achieve these objectives;
    • A discussion of the fit between your objectives and the mission of the program;
    • The anticipated focus of your research; and
    • Any other relevant information about your interests.

    The personal statement should not exceed 1,000 words.

  • Submit your Writing Samples

    Writing samples can be either published or unpublished.

  • Submit References

    Submit the contact information for your references by using the reference form on your online application checklist. Once you submit the email addresses for your references the university will automatically contact the references by email to request an electronic letter of recommendation. Go to your online checklist to access the reference form.

  • Submit Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts

    Upload and submit electronically to your application checklist the transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended. To submit transcripts we recommend that applicants request academic transcripts from each college attended be sent to their home. Those transcripts should then be opened, scanned and saved to a computer or other storage device, and finally retrieved and uploaded to the application checklist.  Upon admission applicants will be prompted to submit official versions of the same transcripts.

  • Submit Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

    Submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores must be submitted directly to the University of Illinois at Chicago (Institution Code 1851-5001). It can take several weeks for the test scores to arrive at the University so plan to take the examination well in advance of the application deadline. Learn more about the GRE.

  • Applicants Whose Native Language is not English

    Applicants whose native language is not English must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the exam of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Person’s PTE Academic. The test score cannot be more than two years old. See also:https://admissions.uic.edu/graduate-professional/requirements-deadlines/international-requirements.

  • Submit the Application Fee

    A $70 non-refundable application fee for domestic and international applicants to the University of Illinois at Chicago. Using the online Graduate College application, you will be given the option of paying your fee by Visa or MasterCard.

  • Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    The UIC Graduate Admissions Office has compiled a list of FAQs.  You may also direct inquiries and questions to the Social Work PhD Office.

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