PhD Application Checklist

Send application materials to:

University of Houston
UH Graduate College of Social Work
Admissions Office
110HA Social Work Building
Houston, TX 77204-4013

Checklist Items

1.  Online Application

Apply online using the ApplyTexas application.

After you submit your application on ApplyTexas, you will receive instructions for logging onto the University's system at

2.  Application Fee

Submit a non-refundable application fee of $100.00 with your ApplyTexas application.

3.  *Vita/Resume

Submit a comprehensive vita/resume online at Please include your mailing address, email, and phone number. 

4. *Research Statement

Complete and submit your research statement online at In this statement we would like for you to inform the committee of a specific primary research interest you plan to pursue during your doctoral education. This statement should reflect your aptitude to pursue innovative, creative, and relevant approaches to address contemporary issues within the field of social work. 

As you develop your research statement you may discuss your relevant background, skills, and experiences that have informed your research interests. Additionally, the research statement should include a discussion of your professional aspirations and how pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, will help you achieve your goals. 

It is critical that your research interests fit well with what our college and faculty can offer so that you may obtain valuable research experience and socialization to academia or other research settings. Therefore it is essential that you identify at least two (2) faculty members at GCSW who can provide you with research and mentoring opportunities. You may visit our faculty directory for a current listing of our faculty members to assist you in determining your research interest. Please be sure to include faculty members in your research statement and your rationale for identifying them. 

The research statement should be double-spaced and 4-6 pages in length. 

5.  *Writing Samples

Submit your writing sample online at It should be double-spaced, and may include one or more of the following, not to exceed 3 samples:

  • A publication
  • A research paper from the master’s program you attended
  • A research proposal or evaluation from the workplace (must be authored or co-authored by you)
  • If you do not have any of the above, write a literature review or a research proposal not to exceed 25 pages

6.  Official Transcripts

Submit offical transcripts from all of your previous college/university work. Transcripts can either be sent electronically to the University of Houston or mailed to the GCSW directly from your colleges and universities in a sealed envelope from the school or university. Unsealed transcripts issued directly to you will not be accepted. Please let us know on your ApplyTexas application all legal names that may appear on any of your transcripts. 

Hard copy transcripts can be mailed to:

University of Houston
UH Graduate College of Social Work
Admissions Office
110HA Social Work Building
Houston, TX 77204-4013

7.  Ph.D. Recommendation Letters and Form

Submit the names of three to five persons who are familiar with your competencies and your potential for doctoral education on your ApplyTexas application. It is recommended that two (2) of the letters be from doctoral-degreed tenure track faculty (i.e., current and/or former graduate level professors from your master’s program). Your references will receive an email with instructions for completing an online recommendation form. Please inform your references to be prepared to attach a reference letter to accompany the form.

8.  Official GRE Scores

Submit official scores from the GRE (Graduate Record Exam). Scores should be less than five years old. The University of Houston’s institutional code for the GRE is 6870 and the social work code is 5001. Information about costs and test dates at UH may be obtained from UH Student Service Center (Room 204), (713) 743-5444.


All materials must be received no later than January 15.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the Ph.D. Admissions Committee. You will be contacted by mail as to the status of your application. You are encouraged to begin the application process early.


You can check the status of your application, upload your resume or CV, research statement and writing samples, as well as update your contact information as needed on Application decisions will be communicated by mail or email. 

Scholarship Application

For students interested in applying for GCSW scholarships, the deadline for applications is May 1st. Click here for the scholarship application.

International Applicants

Additional materials are required for international applicants. Please refer to the University of Houston's information for International Applicants.

All records and documents submitted to the GCSW become property of the University and may not be returned. The application fee covers part of the cost of handling the application and is therefore non-refundable.