PhD Program admission requirements include:
- a master’s degree (MSW is preferred) with a graduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher, based on a 4-point scale;
- a bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher, based on a 4-point scale;
- acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, for applicants whose first language is not English or who have not earned a degree from an institution where the language of instruction is exclusively English. The program will accept Duolingo English test scores if applicant received a combined undergraduate and graduate education of four years where the official language of instruction of the institution was English for all course work;
Test scores for TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo English Test are considered valid for two years.
TOEFL Score Requirements
NYU Silver accepts the TOEFL iBT test, the TOEFL iBT Home Edition and the TOEFL iBT Paper Edition. The minimum scores for the TOEFL are 92-93. Our TOEFL code is 2506. We will accept an unofficial score until we receive an official copy from Educational Testing Service (ETS).
IELTS Score Requirements
Admission criteria for the IELTS is an overall score of 7.0 or higher (no individual scores less than 7 in any category).
Duolingo English Test
Admission criteria for the Duolingo English Test is a minimum score of 115.
- an updated Curriculum Vitae;
- a well-written and compelling statement of research interest; and
- three outstanding letters of recommendation.
- International applicants ‒ please learn more about your additional requirements.
Note: Although post-MSW practice experience is not a requirement, at least three years of experience is recommended.
Prospective Students Virtual Information Session
Are you interested in learning more about the PhD program? Join us for a virtual information session on Thursday, September 22 at 6:00pm ET. This online event will present an overview of the Silver PhD Program by the Director and Assistant Director, faculty, and current students.
The session will be held via Zoom and last approximately an hour and a half. A link will be sent to registered students.