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October 1, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

PhD Admission Requirements and Deadlines



The PhD program seeks applicants who possess the following qualifications:

  • A Master of Social Work degree from a recognized university, normally with at least an A- average in the Master's program. Applicants with other graduate degrees and strong social service experience may be considered.

  • Normally, a minimum of three years post MSW social work experience. In addition, the applicant must provide evidence of a level of professional competence suitable for admission to the PhD program.

  • Evidence of scholarly ability for clear and creative thinking and the ability to pursue independent study.
  • Applicants whose language of instruction during their undergraduate degree and graduate degree was other than English are required to submit official English language test results obtained within the last two years from either IELTS or TOEFL.  Photocopies will not be accepted.  International students and applicants with International Credentials   Note: There are a limited number of spaces available to international applicants.

  • Applicants may apply to only one of our PhD programs or they may apply to both the full-time and part-time PhD programs.  An application fee will be required for each program.  However, only one set of transcripts and references is required.

    Only applicants who have applied to the full-time program by the deadline will be considered when decisions are being made regarding offers of admission to the full-time program. Similarly, only applicants who have applied to the part-time program by the deadline will be considered when decisions are being made regarding offers of admission to the part-time program. No late applications will be considered for either program.


Application deadline for Full-time PhD program is January 15 for first consideration; applications will be accepted until the program is full.

Application deadline for Part-time PhD program is January 15 for first consideration; applications will be accepted until the program is full.

 

Note on Statistics Courses:

All students accepted into the PhD program are expected to ensure that they are prepared to take SK701 (Multivariate Analysis for Social Work Research), in the third term. If, upon acceptance, students believe that they do not have the skills and knowledge to take SK701, which is an advanced course and assumes a relatively solid knowledge of fundamental statistical methods, students will be expected to update their knowledge of statistics. We recommend strongly that such a person take SK699 prior to entering the program in the Fall.  Otherwise, a student can take the course while in the program, prior to the first Spring term.  To discuss this further, please contact FSW Admissions: socialwork@wlu.ca .

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