A publication is not a requirement for admission. It is hoped, however, that the student will have at least one publication by graduation from the program.
The Ph.D. program at the University of Kentucky attempts to prepare social work educators and scholars who are competent to teach and to conduct needed research in their areas of specialization. Our goal is for our graduates to publish regularly … Read More
There is no stated minimum. However, most graduate applicants should have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Undergraduate GPA below 3.25 may indicate that the student does not have needed academic skills or motivation to succeed. However, low undergraduate GPA is … Read More
The vast majority of our students are part-time. However, full-time students are also welcomed.
The Doctoral Admissions Committee prefers applicants to enter in the Fall Semester.
The Doctoral Committee prefers Ph.D. applicants to have post MSW experience. We want our students to fully understand what it means to be a social worker—the values a social worker must possess, the kind of problems that a social worker … Read More
Our minimum GRE score is a score at the 60th percentile on the Verbal section and no lower than the 20th percentile on the Quantitative section. Higher scores are certainly welcome and often presented.
Students with degrees from American universities are typically exempt. There are a handful of instances where this may not be true.
Either is acceptable. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit directly from the testing service either a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. The minimum … Read More
Our primary consideration is a strong GRE set of scores. Secondly, we look at the GPA on the MSW transcript. We consider letters of reference, personal statements, and usually require a personal interview to ensure that our faculty have something … Read More
Potential applicants meet with me or have long telephone conversations so that I can determine if the University of Kentucky is the best setting for what they wish to learn and accomplish. For instance, our program is not designed to provide … Read More
In theory, yes, a student could complete the Ph.D. program in three years. This will require the student to be strongly motivated and focused. Instead of taking the summer months off, the student will need to be engaged in course … Read More
Most of our Ph.D. students maintain full-time jobs and engage their doctoral studies on a part-time basis. That approach supplies the maximum amount of job security but also greatly decreases the amount of time that you will have for leisure … Read More
The latest fee schedule can be found at the Registrar’s website here (Note: assistantships cover tuition and provide single health insurance.)
This is a very difficult question to answer. First of all, most universities take the position that it is best for their graduates not to be hired on the faculty. This is because too much “inbreeding” is antithetical to what … Read More
UK’s doctoral program in social work is different from some of the other large state universities in that we are a small program, accepting between 4 to 6 doctoral students a year, so you’ll get individual attention and advice. The … Read More
Generally speaking, those who choose to make a career in academia have several things in common: they are voracious readers. If you don’t read in your spare time, academia may not be for you. As an assistant professor you’ll be … Read More
The College has a rolling admissions policy which means that earlier applicants are processed first and later applicants are admitted last. There is no formal deadline. However, early applicants (e.g., by February 1st) allow the Program Director to contact faculty … Read More
Maybe. The Director may extend an offer to take one course as a post-baccalaureate applicant to a promising candidate with great potential. In this situation the individual must have the necessary GRE scores or provide other evidence (e.g., publications, research … Read More
No. The Ph.D. program does not require any clinical or practice courses and there are no required practica where students work with clients. Students may, however, find themselves collecting data from clients as part of a research practicum, research class, … Read More
Yes. The Doctoral Admissions Committee is looking for a Verbal score of 60th percentile on the GRE minimum and 20th percentile Quantitative. The more you exceed the minimal threshold, the better! In some instances, strongly motivated applicants have taken Kaplan … Read More
Yes. Your GRE scores are a very important component in your application packet. If you have ever applied to a University of Kentucky graduate program, your scores will very likely still be available to us and can be retrieved. Otherwise, … Read More
Generally, yes. However, the Doctoral Admissions Committee has made a few exception in the past. The doctoral program is designed for persons who are committed to social work and want to be a social work researcher and/or social work educator. … Read More