Admissions Information

Admission Requirements:

  1. An MSW degree with a Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 from a graduate school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  2. “Good standing” status at the last school attended.
  3. An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE)* taken within the previous 5 years. Please visit the GRE website at for more information about the GRE, including registration information. Official GRE scores must be sent from ETS directly to FSU. The FSU institutional code is 5219.
  4. For International Applicants, including those with a graduate degree from a U.S. university, please see the Doctoral Program Admissions Toolkit for English language proficiency requirements.

*If you do not have a current GRE score report and if due to the circumstances of COVID-19, you are unable to take the test, you can submit a GRE Waiver by Exception Request. Please email requesting the paperwork to initiate this request.  Submission of a request does not guarantee approval of GRE Waiver by Exception.

Only those applicants whose qualifications meet our minimum requirements and who have complete application files will be considered for admission.If you meet or exceed these requirements, we encourage you to continue with the application process. However, please keep in mind that meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission, only admission consideration. The admissions process is limited and competitive.

Admission Procedures:

A completed admission application should be completed online. Please see the Admissions Toolkit (link below) for details about the admissions process, and for descriptions of the application materials. 

Fall 2021 Doctoral Program Admissions Toolkit

Fall 2021 Admission Deadline: 

Priority Admission Application Deadline: November 1, 2020

General Admission Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

The application for Fall 2021 admissions consideration will open in August of 2020. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to the College at any time during the admissions process. The College of Social Work’s Doctoral Program Committee and doctoral faculty screen completed applications only; applications that are incomplete will not be reviewed. All application materials must be received by January 15, 2021 to be eligible for review.

The Florida State University College of Social Work is pleased to offer a priority admissions deadline for individuals who are wishing to receive earlier admissions consideration to the Doctoral Program. Individuals who submit the application and all supplemental materials by November 1st, are eligible to be reviewed by the Doctoral Program Committee earlier and potentially receive an admissions decision by December 1st. This can be to a highly qualified applicant’s benefit if also seeking application to additional Florida State University funding opportunities (, which often note early application deadlines. Applicants will be eligible for an early decision if all application materials are submitted by the priority admission deadline, and the College of Social Work believes the individual may be competitive for University fellowships and grants. If an applicant is not selected for priority admission, all remaining applicants will be reviewed after the general admission deadline of January 15th. Applicants are notified by email of the admissions decision by the Doctoral Program Director.

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