PhD Applicants

Welcome from the Director

Fall 2020 Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
[We require an MSW degree for admission to the social work PhD program]

Most Requested PhD Applicant Links:

Admission Requirements 
Online Application 
All other forms and documents should be printed from the web site link since they are the most up-to-date version. Please feel free to email us at or phone us at 410-706-7960 if you have any questions or would like to discuss the application process.

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Discover more about our people and programs and learn why we might be the perfect fit for your PhD education needs.

5th Annual MSW RA Scholar PhD Program Information Session

On April 25th, the 5th annual MSW RA Scholar PhD Program Information Session was held. This annual event was initiated in 2013 by Dr. Bethany Lee and has continued under the direction of Dr. Melissa Smith. The purpose of the event is to share information regarding doctoral education to MSW RA Scholars. RA Scholars are a select group of MSW students who serve as research assistants to faculty members.  The event provides an opportunity for the RA Scholars to learn about the PhD application process, courses, timeline, and other relevant information from current PhD students. PhD student Mary Hodorowicz facilitated the event, sharing her story about becoming an MSW RA Scholar for Dean Barth in 2006/2007 to then entering the PhD program in 2012.

The PhD panel of students also included PhD Candidates Anusha Chatterjee and Lisa Fedina, and students John Cosgrove and Katherine Endy.  PhD Program Co-Director Dr. Charlotte Bright and Program Academic Services Specialist Jen Canapp were also present to answer questions about the program.

For more information about the PhD Program in Social Work please email Jen Canapp at