The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

PhD Application

Application for PhD

PhD Program Application & Admission

The application period begins in October each year and ends the last day of March for the upcoming fall semester.

A description of admission requirements for graduate admission to the university can be obtained from:

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Graduate School
201 Student Services Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-0220
(865) 974-3251

You may also access that information (as well as an online application) at the Graduate School Admissions web site at

Admission Requirements

The PhD Program is designed for students who have earned a Master's degree from an accredited school of social work and have post-master's social work/social welfare practice experience. Applicants who do not meet these requirements will need to achieve equivalent credentials as specified by the PhD Admission Committee.

Application Process

  1. Submit your application by completing the online application located on the Graduate School's web site (opens in a new window).
  2. Submit the following items directly to Graduate Admissions Office: Graduate School application, $60.00 application fee, official transcripts of all previous academic work, employment history (resume or vita), professional statement, writing sample and GRE general test scores.
  3. Provide the names and email addresses of three (3) references. The references will be contacted by CollegeNet to provide a letter of reference on your behalf.
  4. International applicants also submit TOEFL scores, a completed International Form, and a completed Financial Statement.

Application Deadlines

The Domestic Application Deadline is March 30; however, we encourage applicants to apply early as the Admissions Committee starts reviewing applications in January. The College of Social Work welcomes and encourages International applications. Please note the deadline for International applications is February 1.

Forms and PhD Handbook



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