PhD Application Materials:

2019 Fall Admissions Deadline: December 1, 2018

The School of Graduate Studies at Case Western Reserve University offers an online application process for students applying to the Mandel School’s PhD in Social Welfare Program. There is a $50 nonrefundable application fee. In addition to the application form, the following supplemental materials must be submitted:

  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses taken for credit at accredited institutions
  • Verbal and Quantitative scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the past five years
  • Your most recent resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a faculty member
  • Written personal statement (3-5 pages) that describes and evaluates your professional development, including your career goals and how doctoral education is relevant to them and your area of research interest within the social work profession
  • One example (not exceeding 25 pages) of a recent, single or co-authored work of scholarly writing that provides evidence of your capacity to think analytically and critically about a social welfare issue. The following are examples of appropriate submissions: published article, book chapter or book, unpublished research report, term paper written in a graduate level course, or a grant application.

These supplemental materials can be uploaded to your online application.

A phone or in-person interview with the Chair of the program or a faculty member is highly recommended. Prospective students are also encouraged to visit the program, sit in on a doctoral class, and meet with faculty and current doctoral students. Please contact Program Chair, Dr. Sonia Minnes at or 216-368-2309 to arrange an in-person visit or get more information about the program.

Admission Criteria

We consider your career goals and how well they match our program, and your personal statement and research interests to make sure there is a good match between you and our faculty members’ research interests. To be admitted to the Doctoral Program, candidates should have a master’s degree from an accredited school of social work or a master’s degree in a related field and demonstrate a superior record in undergraduate and graduate studies. Admission considerations include practical experience in social welfare; scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken within the past five years; letters of reference; and competency in written and spoken English. Students from non-English speaking countries must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A Doctoral Program Admissions Committee meets and makes the decision on each application.