Admissions Requirements

Applicants for admission to the DSW program are required to:

  • Hold a master’s degree in social work from an accredited social work degree program;
  • Have three years post-MSW practice experience;
  • Provide three letters of reference (one academic and at least one from a supervisor of your clinical work);
  • Submit a sample of written work that reflects the applicant’s abilities as a writer and demonstrates potential for doctoral study; and
  • Complete an application essay, responding to the following questions:
    • What factors have contributed to your decision to pursue a doctoral degree in social work at Penn, and what do you expect to gain through advanced studies?

    • Describe a challenging case or professional situation that you have encountered, where you were in the role of social work practitioner, supervisor, administrator, or teacher. Discuss how you used a conceptual/theoretical framework and how you assessed and intervened in this situation.

    • Discuss an issue that you wish to explore in-depth through your doctoral studies. Include in your discussion how your exploration of this issue may contribute to the social work knowledge base.

We do not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

Application deadline: February 15th

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The Doctorate in Clinical Social Work degree program is offered by the University of Pennsylvania, an institution of higher education authorized to confer degrees and certificates conferring academic credit under applicable laws of the United States. Students who are interested in participating in the program from countries other than the United States are advised that each jurisdiction may have its own laws and regulations governing online educational programs, and some jurisdictions may not recognize course credit or an online degree awarded by the University as satisfying local requirements for professional licensure, employment qualification, or other purposes. Before enrolling in this program, prospective students should investigate their jurisdiction’s treatment of foreign online programs to ensure that participation in this program will meet their objectives.

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