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What our graduates are saying...
COL Jeffrey Yarvis, PhD, '04
"Choosing the right doctoral program is a very important and often difficult decision. I had been accepted to three other outstanding programs to include one in the Ivy League. However, UGA distinguished itself from the other outstanding institutions in less tangible ways that the other programs could not. The two most striking features of UGA School of Social work were the love the doctoral students had for the program and number of distinguished faculty on the UGA staff. Nearly all the students I met not only felt supported, but truly enjoyed being a UGA doctoral student. I was similarly impressed with the number of faculty I recognized prior to my attendance whose research had impacted my experience as a scientist-practitioner. Simply put UGA has no rival in terms of the caliber of staff and students.
Since graduating I have been offered too many opportunities to excel to count. I regularly have research opportunities made available to me that did not exist prior to my doctoral studies. The breadth of my work has widened to international audiences and affected medical policies at the state department level."
COL Jeffrey S. Yarvis
Adjunct Lecturer, University of Southern California; Chief, Social Work Department
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Austin, TX
Miriam Sabin, PhD '02
"Attending the University of Georgia School of Social Work doctoral program (Class of 2002) was the best decision I ever made for my studies and career path. From the first day I arrived as a hopeful applicant to the day I received my PhD, my experience was imbued with rigorous, cutting edge academics and full support for my academic goals.
After returning from completing an epidemiologic survey in United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) refugee camps in Chiapas, Mexico, I had the great fortune to be selected for an interim faculty position and shortly after an Assistant Professor, tenure track position at UGA SSW. These experiences enabled me to obtain a position in the highly coveted Epidemic Intelligence Service at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and shortly thereafter a Senior Research Scientist position. In every role since, my academic training at UGA provided me with the foundation to excel and tackle new challenges at the global level. Currently, I work at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (a US 4 billion dollar a year international public health institution based on Geneva, Switzerland) where my primary area of work is monitoring and measuring impact of Global Fund programs to reduce HIV incidence among adolescent girls and young women who are disproportionately affected by HIV in Eastern and Southern sub-Saharan Africa."
How to Apply
Persons seeking admision to the University of Georgia School of Social Work Ph.D. Program must submit their application online through the University of Georgia Graduate School website.
Graduate Admission to the University of Georgia is a collaborative process involving the Graduate School and the graduate faculty of the University. Each department has a designated graduate coordinator who serves as a liaison between the department and the Graduate School and who provides detailed information about program entry requirements, resources and special opportunities.
School of Social Work Admissions Deadline
The deadline for Fall 2018 admission is January 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
All Graduate School and departmental requirements, including test scores, must be submitted by this date.
MSW Degree Requirement
Admission to the Ph.D. program is limited to persons who have or will have earned an MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program by the time they enroll in doctoral studies. Although preference is given to social workers with at least two years of post-MSW professional work experience, newly-graduated MSWs are also welcome to apply, particularly if they possess strong academic qualifications or a B.S.W. with experience.
Testing and GPA Requirements
All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). There is no equivalent test or waiver. The School of Social Work recommends a total verbal and quantitative GRE score of no less than 300 (1000 on tests taken before 2013). GRE scores may not be more than 5 years old. This policy does not apply to students who received the MSW degree from UGA. Applicants should also have an overall undergraduate grade point average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. An overall graduate (MSW) GPA of no less than 3.5 is also recommended. Exceptionally qualified social workers not meeting these academic standards are also welcome to apply and are occasionally admitted.
Supplemental Information for International Applicants
International applicants must supply supplemental information to the Graduate School when applying. Guidelines may be viewed on the Graduate School website.
SSW Departmental Requirements for Admission
2. Professional Goals Statement
3. Scholarly Writing Sample
4. Three Letters of Recommendation
The vita/resume, professional goals statement, and scholarly writing sample should be emailed directly to the Ph.D. Program Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The three letters of recommendation may be submitted one of three ways (see below).
A copy of your vita/resume is required.
2. Professional Goals Statement
The PhD Admissions Committee considers your personal statement to be a significant part of your application. The Admissions Committee will use this statement to assess your writing skills, research interests, career goals, and overall fit with our PhD program. Your essay should be no more than 5 pages. Your statement should address the following questions:
Please organize your personal statement as a cohesive essay, rather than a list of discrete answers to the questions posed.
3. Scholarly Writing Sample
All applicants must submit one example of a recent, single-authored, scholarly writing that provides evidence of the individual's capacity to think analytically and critically. This should be the best example available that highlights the applicant's readiness to undertake doctoral level work. The submission should be a "clean" copy, that is, free of editorial markings.
The following are examples of appropriate submissions of scholarly writing:
If an appropriate example of a recent writing sample is not available, the applicant should prepare a paper utilizing the following guidelines:
The paper should be between 6-10 pages in length, excluding references; word-processed; and double-spaced. Scholarly literature should be cited and referenced appropriately. APA-style is preferred, but other accepted academic styles are allowed.
Please follow the above instructions and suggestions carefully to ensure that your application materials are submitted correctly and in a timely manner for review.
If you have any questions about our PhD program or would like to visit us on the UGA campus, please email email@example.com or call 706-542-5461.