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PhD Information Session Webinar

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work invites you to participate in an interactive PhD Information Session Webinar to learn about our program and ask questions.

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Apply to the Doctoral Program

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work prepares its doctoral students with both the training and expertise to be the very best teachers, scholars, and researchers. Our research centers and internationally regarded faculty address the most pressing social welfare issues of the day.

Commitment to a research career in the field of social welfare or social work is expected. Preference is given to applicants with a master's degree in social work. However, those without a master's degree in the field of social work are encouraged to apply and consider the combined MSW/PhD option.

The doctoral program enrolls new students in the fall semester of each academic year. Enrollment is full time only with a two-year residency requirement.

Application Deadline

PhD and MSW/PhD Students: December 15th

Application Requirements:

All applicants must demonstrate a potential for doctoral studies by providing the following materials:

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose for seeking doctoral education
  • Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Scores from TOEFL, if native language of country of origin is not English
  • Writing sample

Our application checklist will help guide you through the process.

Request an information packet.

Interviews & Admissions Decisions

The doctoral admissions committee may request a personal interview as part of the application process. Applicants will be notified in writing as soon as possible regarding decisions on admission. The GSSW should be notified immediately of any change of plans or address after the application is submitted.

International Applicants

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is proud to welcome students from all over the world. Recent incoming classes have included students from South Africa, Korea, Italy, and Palestine. Early application is necessary in order to meet deadlines for visa processing, travel and housing arrangements, and University orientation.

For more information on applying as an international student, visit the International Applicants page.

Contact Us

Boston College
Graduate School of Social Work
PhD Admissions
McGuinn Hall 119
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: 617-552-4064
Email: phdsocialwork@bc.edu