Prospective Students

Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work

An applicant for admission to the PhD program in Social Work must hold a Master's degree in social work, or equivalent professional social work degree as determined by the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Social Work. All applicants should also have a minimum of three years post-BSW practice experience.

The next deadline for new applicants for the 2025 intake is Sept. 15, 2024.

General information regarding all graduate programs, including tuition and fees, application deadlines and process, and admission requirements, as well as online application forms are available at: Please note in addition to the application, candidates are required to submit the Supplementary Information Form found here:

Please note that the program includes two spring semester residencies of about 6 weeks duration (May-June), at which time students must attend the St. John's Campus at Memorial University on a full-time basis.


Information concerning housing can be found at: Many PhD students have stayed in residence on the St. John's campus during their stay. It is the student's responsibility to seek their own accommodations.

The following websites are also a good source of information:


Memorial University offers competitive funding packages to eligible graduate students. For more information, refer to Fees and Funding.

Special funding initiatives

The School of Graduate Studies offers a number of special funding programs for graduate students at Memorial. Among the new initiatives are the following:

  • Dean's Doctoral Award
  • President's Doctoral Student Investment Fund (PDSIF)
  • Sponsored Student Fund
  • Aboriginal Student Recruitment Fund

For more information, see

Questions related to graduate student funding should be directed to Steve Lawlor, Manager of Fellowships and Awards via or 864-3425.

NOTE: All pieces of the application should be received no later than the deadline date.

If you have any further questions, please contact