Applying to Our PhD Program: What You Need to Know
We appreciate your interest in Boston University’s Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Sociology & Social Work. Each September, we typically welcome three to five students into our dynamic, urban-based program. While full-time commitment is encouraged, part-time study is available for employed social work professionals. Below, you’ll find important information about application requirements and the admission process.
Central to the Interdisciplinary PhD in Sociology & Social Work’s mission is promoting research and scholarship that link social science theory and advanced research methods with the pressing social problems of concern to social work. Core theory material addresses classical and contemporary sociological theories, the organizational dynamics of the social work profession, and perspectives on US social policy and programs.
Doctoral students choose specializations in social work and sociology to organize their advanced training. Social work specializations focus on either social policy research or clinical research, and may address the wide range of social work areas of inquiry, such as poverty, child welfare, health services, and aging. Social science specializations include, for example, urban studies, family sociology, race and ethnic studies, and sociology of religion.
The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program is part of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS), so the application is submitted through the Graduate School, rather than the School of Social Work. Admission is open to those who hold a master of social work degree or a master’s degree from an allied discipline or profession, and who have professional experience related to the objectives of social work. In addition to the application form and fee, candidates must submit: transcripts, results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a writing sample. Foreign applicants must demonstrate a high level of competence in English.
Please note: This program begins in September of each year. The application deadline is January 15 for the following fall semester.
Additional information about our program and graduate studies at Boston University can be found in the academic bulletin.
Have questions? Please feel free to contact program director Ellen DeVoe, PhD, directly at 617-353-9675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!