PhD Application

PhD Application Process

Applicants that have never completed a University of Illinois Graduate College application can apply by completing the Graduate College at the web address below

If you have a graduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and would like to apply to PhD MSW/PhD program then you would NOT complete another Graduate College application; you will need to follow the process below and email the items to  Please identify these items by labeling email as “PhD Application Materials”.

Personal Statement

                        Please describe your previous academic work in your proposed field of study and include a personal statement regarding your goals for graduate study and a professional career. Please also describe any relevant research experience and what you have learned from it, and other educational and life experiences that you feel are important and relevant. If you have specific interests in your proposed field of study or are interested in working with any particular faculty members, please tell us about them.

            Illustrative Writing


3 letters of Reference

Transcripts from all educational institutions

GRE Score

Are you interested in applying to the MSW/PhD program?

The MSW/PhD program is a joint degree program that is available to students that already possess a Master’s degree in another discipline but would now like to obtain both a MSW degree and a PhD degree in Social Work.

Graduate College Application

Students applying to this program would also need to complete an additional statement indicating why they are interested in applying to the Joint MSW/PhD program.  This additional statement would need to be uploaded to the Graduate College Application in the “additional program questions” area.

In order for your application to be complete you will need to have all official transcripts mailed to the School of Social Work at 1010 W. Nevada, Urbana IL 61801 even though the Graduate College application indicates that they only require copies of transcripts to be uploaded to their application.

If you have any questions regarding this application process please feel free to contact Cheryl Street, Admissions & Records Supervisor at

Please review the Social Work calendar for deadline information.