Admissions Information

PhD Application Process

All applicants must complete a University of Illinois Graduate College Application.  The Graduate College application will open on September 1, 2018 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Graduate College application includes the following items.

  • Personal statement
  • Illustrative writing
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Unofficial transcripts from all educational institutions
  • GRE
  • In order for your application to be complete you will need to have all official transcripts mailed to the School of Social Work, 1010 W. Nevada, Urbana IL 61801
  • International Applicants must provide a TOEFL score.  Minimum TOEFL score is 103.
  • International Applicants must provide Proof of Funding Documentation.

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

The joint MSW/PhD program 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.

To apply to this joint program, please use the Graduate College Application and the guidelines above; you will choose the PhD degree as your program of interest.

Students applying to Joint MSW/PhD program need to complete the MSW Personal Statement.  This statement needs to be emailed directly to the Admissions and Records Officer, Cheryl Street at