Application Process

Step 1: Review admission criteria


Step 2: Complete the DSW online application (available September 1, 2014 - January 12, 2015)

The online application includes instructions to submit the following:

  • $50 application fee
  • Transcripts from all previous institutions
  • Three letters of reference. You can email your references directly from the online application or download the recommendation form here: DSW Recommendation Form 2015.  (If you have problems downloading the form, please email dsw@stthomas.edu to have it sent as an attachment)
  • A current resume or curriculum vita that documents education, teaching and professional experience, professional publications and presentations, and service/volunteer experience
  • Writing sample: Submit a professional, APA formatted and documented, solely-authored, 2-3 page writing sample from a pertinent scholarly work. As appropriate, please include a one-paragraph introduction to your writing sample that provides a context for the reviewer. If you do not have an appropriate professional writing sample, please prepare a new piece on a social work topic of your choice that demonstrates professional writing and meets the above criteria.
  • Personal statement: Prepare a written response to each of the following: (Complete personal statement should be no longer than 6 double-spaced pages)
    • What circumstances and experiences motivate you to seek a DSW in teaching as practice at this point in your career?
    • Describe your vision of leadership in social work education and indicate how you see yourself fitting into this vision of an educational leader.
    • Identify and reflect on your strengths and limitations relative to successfully completing an online doctoral program (including your ability to be a self-directed learner)
  • International applicants must submit a transcript evaluation and acceptable test scores for proof of English proficiency, as detailed on the International Admissions Graduate Application Checklist.
  • An interview may be requested


Step 3: Request transcripts from all institutions from which you received credit

  • Transcripts should be sent to:

UST Graduate Admissions, Attn: DSW Program
1000 LaSalle Ave., Box 5
Minneapolis, MN 55403

  • If the institution provides the option to have the transcript emailed directly to the University of St. Thomas as a PDF, it can be sent to: gradadmissions@stthomas.edu


Step 4: All completed applications will be reviewed by the DSW faculty admissions committee after January 12. 

  • All letters of recommendation and transcripts must be received before your application will be reviewed. 
  • Admission decisions will be communicated by mid-March


Questions about the process?  Contact us.