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Social Work  Doctoral


What is Social Work at WVU like?


The WVU PhD program in Social Work will prepare students with the skills needed to excel in research, teaching, and leadership. The theme of the program, community-focused research, reflects the mission of WVU as a R1 land-grant institution to advance education, healthcare, and prosperity for all by intentionally promoting research that has significant impact on people’s lives. The PhD program is a full-time program with a hybrid course plan that allows flexibility to complete latter portions of the program remotely. It is designed to purposefully prepare students for dissertation research.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own terms of admission and application deadlines. Applicants can only apply for admission for the terms displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Priority Deadline for Fall: January 15
Fall: March 1

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What are the requirements to apply for Social Work at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Social Work graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Masters Degree Required
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Essay/Writing Sample
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose

Additional considerations for applicants:

  • Qualified applicants must possess a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW).

Applications for admission may be considered after the deadline on a space-available basis. Certain application requirements may be waived based on a preliminary review of an application by the program.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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