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PhD Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for the PhD Program

To be considered for admission to the Social Welfare PhD Program, all applicants must:

  • Satisfy the minimum requirements for admission to graduate study at Berkeley.
  • Have a master's degree in social work or social welfare, or comparable preparation in a closely related field.
  • Demonstrate evidence of intellectual and other qualifications essential to successful performance in the doctoral program, including scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and examples of scholarly written work.

International Applicants

  • For international applicants from a country or political entity where English is not the official language, a satisfactory score on the TOEFL exam or other acceptable equivalent evidence of English language proficiency to do graduate work is required.

Applicants to the Combined MSW/PhD Program

All applicants to doctoral study are evaluated on 1) academic background and preparation as reflected in the undergraduate and graduate GPAs, transcripts, and scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); 2) research and teaching potential, as reflected in the statement of purpose, curriculum vita, examples of scholarly written work, and letters of recommendation; and 3) appropriate fit of research interests and career goals with Berkeley Social Welfare faculty research areas and PhD program goals.

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