Applying & Deadlines

The application for Fall 2024 entry to the PhD in Social Work program is now closed.


Application Deadline: The application for Fall 2024 entry is now closed. Be sure to check back in September of 2024 for our Fall 2025 application cycle.

If you have any questions about applying to the PhD Program, please contact the program director, Associate Professor Daniel P. Miller, at

PhD Program at a Glance

  • Two years of full-time coursework
  • Individualized course of study
  • Mixed methods training
  • Interdisciplinary specialization across Boston University
  • Intercollegiate study via the Boston Area Consortia
  • Guaranteed funding for up to five years
  • Research training with faculty
  • Mentored teaching practicum

Admission to the PhD program is open to those who hold a master of social work degree or a master’s degree from an allied discipline or profession in the social sciences or public health fields. Professional experience related to the values and social justice mission of the social work profession is also considered. Previous research experience is strongly recommended.

If you have questions about our admissions process, please review our application requirements then contact us with questions.

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