Ph.D. Program Admissions

The application for admission to the PhD Program in Social Work and Social Research in the 2019-2020 academic year will open in September. Contact for questions.  




*Note: it is required that all applicants hold a master's degree in social work or relevant disciplines. You can read some of the frequently asked questions about the program HERE.

Admissions Checklist

Contact and Personal Information

  •  Name, mailing address, citizenship, current enrollment status in PSU, military service, etc. 

Program Selection

  • School, program, and term for admissions (fall term only)

Previous Institutions

  • List of every post-secondary institution attended
  • Scanned copies of transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended regardless of the number of credits earned. Submit both front and back sides of each page of scanned transcripts. The maximum file size is 10 MB, and acceptable file type is .pdf.              
    - directly upload a password protected file. Instead, print, scan and save the file and then upload
    - copy and paste the information into a word document, save the file and then upload
    - submit a photograph of your transcripts
  • Minimum cumulative GPA requirement: To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent of a graduate GPA of 3.0.

    Residency Information

    • Your residency status for tuition purposes

    Standardized Test Score

    • Domestic Applicants - Valid GRE scores (must be taken within five years). The Portland State University Institution code is 4610.
    • International Applicants - Valid GRE scores and Proof of English Language Proficiency through submission of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic exam scores (for applicants who have not earned a degree from qualifying institutions)

    Employment History and Resume

    Program Specific Questions and Materials

    • Other graduate programs to which you are applying
    • Honors, scholarships, and prizes received at academic institutions and/or employment
    • Presentations: List of citations for all presentations at professional conferences or symposia
    • Research interests and research experience
    • Previous research courses you have completed
    • A writing sample
    • A statement of purpose addressing your professional interest and goals (maximum 1,000 words)
    • A copy of any peer reviewed publication (optional)

    Letters of Recommendation

    • Three letters of recommendation (two letters for references should address your ability to do doctoral-level academic work. Your references will submit their letter of recommendation online.)
    • Please read carefully the statement on the reference form regarding Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

    International applicants must also submit: