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Fully Funded PhD in Social Work at University of Minnesota

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About Fully Funded PhD in Social Work 

Established in 1946, our program is one of the oldest in the United States, and develops a mentoring partnership between nationally prominent faculty and students to promote knowledge and skills in theory development and community-based research.

The research productivity of our faculty was ranked 20th out of 76 U.S. social work doctoral programs in a recent study.

Our graduates include internationally recognized scholars in diverse areas of study. Alumni go on to faculty and academic leadership roles in schools of social work around the world, as well as agency and program directors, and high-level servants in federal, state, and local government agencies.

Fully Funded Financial Support

The majority of our students receive a four-year funding package that covers tuition, health insurance, and a stipend. Many students also secure dissertation fellowships, and we help students secure assistantships for funding for their fifth year.

PhD Application Requirements

1. Applicants must have a master’s degree in social work, social welfare, or a related field, preferably from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Applicants may be enrolled in a master’s program when they apply for the PhD program, but the program must be completed before they begin doctoral studies.

Master’s degrees in related disciplines are considered, but students may be required to complete some MSW coursework as a condition for enrollment.

2. We accept Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (taken within the last five years) and recommend them for applicants who cannot demonstrate a strong background in research, writing, and statistics; however, GRE scores are not required.

3. If you are an international student and English is not your native language, you must demonstrate English language proficiency through one of the University’s acceptable means of verification.

4. Your CV should list your educational history, including dates of degree conferral, and relevant employment history, including job titles, agency names, dates of employment, and whether jobs you list were full-time, part-time, or internships.

5. Submit a statement, not exceeding four pages, which explains your research interests and career goals.

6. Provide a scholarly writing sample that was written for a public or professional audience. Your sample should provide evidence of your ability to effectively conceptualize and communicate complex ideas and demonstrate clarity, organization, and appropriate use of grammar and style.

7. Submit a statement, not exceeding two pages, which identifies the distinctive qualities, characteristics and life experiences you would contribute to the School of Social Work.

8. Three letters of recommendation are required. Your references should be professionals who are able to comment on your potential for research and scholarly activity. 

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Application Deadline

The application deadline is December 2, 2023.

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