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About this course

The Ph.D. Program in social work is research oriented and interdisciplinary in nature. It prepares graduates for leadership positions in the profession and for careers as social work researchers and educators. 

Entry Requirements

Students should consult the Department and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) for other requirements not indicated in this document. Official information for degree requirements is given in the Graduate Bulletin and the publication "GSAS - Rules and Regulations for the Pursuit of Academic Degrees"

A completed application should include the following:

  • Completed online application and signature page. You may download the paper application (HTML) / (acrobat), and mail in your completed package folder.
  • The non-refundable $45 application fee should be made payable to: Treasurer, Howard University (Certified check or money order only).
  • Official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) must be submitted directly from the Registrar's Office from ALL colleges and universities attended.
  • Results of your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores.
  • Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if you are an international student.
  • A curriculum vita of your education and professional experiences. Please organize your curriculum vita so that the following items can be conveniently determined: education, professional experiences, scholarly writings/presentations, and community services.
  • Three (3) written letters of recommendation -- NOTE: References must include at least one graduate professor, and one professional supervisor.
  • Essay. Please prepare a statement reflecting the following: (a) your philosophy of social welfare/social work; (b) your personal, professional, and educational goals; and (c) your research interests. Please include information on how you intend to relate your professional and educational experiences to your future goals, and how you think this program will assist you (3 to 5 double spaced type-written pages).
  • Information regarding your plans for finacial support, as well as how you plan to finance your education. If you want to be considered for financial aid, please complete the Financial Aid Form for evaluation by the Educational Testing Service at Princeton, New Jersey. Please adhere to deadlines on the [FAF]. Financial Aid is available through the University on the basis of need and academic performance in the form of federally supported loans, tution scholarships, and part-time employment. The School of Social Work offers a limited number of graduate assistantships, partial-tuition scholarships, and tuition grants on the basis of need and academic performance.
  • Other relevant material you would like to submit as evidence of your ability to perform in the program including copies of published papers.

The requests for admission far exceed the number of students who can be accommodated by 
the Program. Therefore, you should present a complete portrait of yourself in your application package to:


The Graduate School of Arts and Science
Howard University
4th and College Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20059

Attention: Graduate Admission Office