Application Requirements

Fall Admission Only

A few openings remain in the fall 22 cohort
Apply now to be considered for one of the open spots.

  1. Application for admission with a $45 graduate application fee. Apply at
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0. 
  3. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or the evaluated equivalency.
  4. Official sealed transcripts from a college or university reflecting completion of master’s degree in social work (MSW) from a regionally accredited institution or related master’s degree (e.g. Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Public Policy, Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Forensic Psychology, Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology).
  5. Prerequisites completed with a “C” or better. All prerequisites must be completed before starting the program.
  • Research Methods
  • Human Behavior Theory
  • Social Work Practice, Clinical Practice, Counseling, or equivalent practice course
  • Diversity, Cultural Competence, Marginalization or equivalent social justice course
  1. Two years of professional experience in social work, social welfare or another human services related profession is required. Experience can be obtained before or after receiving a master’s degree. Applicants should demonstrate that their professional experiences have equipped them to engage in scholarship, serve as a leader in various practice settings and address a specific social problem.
  2. Three professional recommendations (academic, supervisor and professional peer), dated within the last year that attest to your academic and professional character, and leadership experience and potential.
  3. Current résumé documenting all related professional and extracurricular experiences.
  4. A professional essay, 3–4 pages in length, answering the following specific items:
  • Describe your decision to pursue a doctoral degree in social work, including the reasons for this pursuit, important life experiences that have led you to the field and why you believe you would be a good fit for the CBU DSW program.
  • Identify some of the challenges you anticipate facing in the DSW program, including how you expect to overcome these challenges. The expectation is that students will spend about 28 hours a week engaged in doctoral content/work. How will you adjust your current work, family and other personal/professional obligations to accommodate doctoral coursework?
  • Identify your interest in addressing a social problem that requires additional scholarship, clinical expertise and/or leadership to meet the needs of one or more marginalized populations. You should also include the reason for your interest in this topic as a potential project and how doctoral education is necessary for you to address this problem.
  • Describe your views on faith and how you can integrate Christian ethics and values as a doctoral level social work leader.
  • Discuss how you will integrate your doctoral education into your future personal and professional goals.
  1. Writing sample: a sole-authored essay from a graduate course; publication in a peer-reviewed journal or other professional periodical; or other professional report (e.g. grant application, policy analysis, program manual, etc.).
  2. An applicant whose first language is not English and/or does not have a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction is required to demonstrate English proficiency.