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Doctoral Program in Social Work

Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes

Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes is the Director of the BCSSW Doctoral Program in Social Work. Check out our blog to learn about Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes' research on the aging workforce and read about her keynote speech at the Society for Social Work & Research's (SSWR) annual meeting.


PhD Information Session Webinar

To learn more about the PhD program at BCSSW please watch the PhD Information Session Webinar. The program director and current Boston College PhD students give an overview about the program.


James Lubben

Professor James Lubben is the Director of the BCSSW Doctoral Program in Social Welfare.  Hear Dr. Lubben talk about his background and teaching philosophy in 'I'm a Dreamer' and read about his experience as chair of the Society for Social Work & Research's (SSWR) annual conference.


Alumna Shapes Policy at the White House

White House

Patricia Yu, PhD '14, was selected to be a 2014-2015 Health and Aging Policy Fellow, a competitive fellowship for health professionals working to make a positive contribution to policies that affect older adults.  Read more on the Blog ยป


Apply to the Doctoral Program

Boston College 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 1st
Applications for fall 2018 will be available online by September 1.

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.

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. BC Social Work should be notified immediately of any change of plans or address after the application is submitted.

International Applicants

Boston College School of Social Work is proud to welcome students from all over the world. Recent incoming classes have included students from South Africa, Korea, and Chile. 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
School of Social Work
PhD Admissions
McGuinn Hall 119
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: 617-552-4064