Ph.D. in Social Work Admissions

Ph.D. Students

Admissions Process

The deadline for Fall 2023 PhD applications is January 15, 2023.  The application portal will open in October 2022 for the Fall 2023 cohort.

  • If you graduated with a Master’s degree from a university other than UT Arlington, you must complete an Application for Admission form through the GoApplyTexas website.
  • If you already earned a master’s degree from UT Arlington, you do not fill out the Application for Admission form on the GoApplyTexas website. Instead, you will need to complete an Application for Readmission Form and submit it to the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration.
  • If you have or will graduate from UTA during the upcoming spring or summer semester (current master’s student) and you are applying for the doctoral program for the upcoming fall semester start, then you will only need to fill out the Request to Change Graduate Program form.
  • All Admission Application Form types can be found at the GoApplyTexas website.

Transcripts and Application Information

  • Request that your transcripts be sent directly to the UTA Office of Admissions, Records and Registration.
  • Make sure to send your Application form and fee to the UTA Office of Admissions, Records and Registration, as it must be processed there first.
  • The Office of Admissions, Records and Registration will then send a copy of your application form to the School of Social Work Admissions Office.

Helpful Links and Contact Information

All new PhD students start in the fall semesters only.  We only have a full-time PhD program at this time.  Full-time PhD students receive funding for three years through a combination of tuition payment, fellowship awards and stipends for graduate assistants and graduate teaching assistants. See FAQs for more information.

Admissions decisions to the PhD program is based on the quality of application and supportive materials. Click here to view criteria used for evaluating applications to the PhD program.
UTA Application information can be found at the following website:

For additional information contact the School of Social Work’s Admissions Office at 817-272-1044 or email

Get In Touch with SSW Admissions

Aaron Hagedorn
Assistant Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs

Darlene Santee
Manager for Recruiting and Admissions

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