PhD Admission Application

If you are planning to apply to our program, please view the details on how to apply for National and Provincial Scholarships and Awards (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, and OGS) and the application deadlines.

The PhD Application for the 2025 academic year is now available!
Application Deadline: January 15, 2025

Please note the application portal for Fall2025 admission is not open at this time.
Please continue to monitor this website, as we will post when the portal is expected to open.

*Acceptances to the PhD program usually take place from mid to late February. Please continue to monitor your email and eGAS account.*

Admission Requirements:

The Ph.D. Program admits up to five qualified domestic students (Canadian citizens or permanent residents) plus international (VISA) students wishing to pursue doctoral studies in Social Work. 

Required admission criteria include the following:

  • Completion of a Social Work degree from an accredited university
  • A minimum A- average in their most recent graduate degree
  • Statement of interest & Research Proposal
  • Practice and educational experience demonstrating capacity to engage in a research-oriented doctoral program within the context of civic engagement.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Sole or co-authored sample of professional or academic writing (if co-authored please note your specific written contribution). This may include a research-oriented paper, scholarly paper, report (research or technical), funding proposal or significant course paper
  • Three letters of reference

How to apply:

Step 1: Visit the Apply Section of the Graduate Studies website to start the Application Process. 

Step 2: Upload all required PhD Application documents through the University of Windsor's eGAS - electronic Graduate Application System. For further information please visit their website at Please read and review the PhD Application for Admission, which includes information and instructions for applicants.

Please review the Application Checklist to assist in your PhD application

The School of Social Work has complied a list of Frequently Asked Questions, to assist in your Social Work PhD application; please review here.

The following documents must be submitted online through eGAS:

Referee Instructions:

*Please note that all references are due by the application deadline*

NOTE: Submitting an incomplete Application will delay processing as it will not be evaluated until it is complete. We do not recieve applications until all documents and references are submitted.