Admission to the Ph.D. Program in Public and Social Policy
In order to be admitted into the Ph.D. in Public and Social Policy, applicants must already hold a master's degree in the social sciences or a related professional degree. For relevant SLU master's degrees, click here.
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Requirements for admission:
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
- An M.A. in a social science or related discipline or a professional degree (M.B.A., M.P.A., J.D., M.S.W., etc.) with a GPA of at least 3.4. (Lower GPA's accepted for law schools where grading is on a forced mean.)
- A completed application and fee. Find the application here.
- Verbal and analytic GRE scores of at least 156
- Three strong letters of recommendation, at least two of them from faculty in the applicant's master's program
- A personal statement of purpose
- An analytical writing sample that shows promise of the ability to conduct professional research and convey the results
- An in-person or video-conference interview
- For international students, paper-based TOEFL (PBT) score of at least 550, an 80 on the computer-based TOEFL (iBT), a 6.5 on the IELTS, and a 4+ on SLU's own Writing Exam.
- At least 9 hours of undergraduate or graduate social science theory or methods classes
- Undergraduate microeconomics
- For students planning to take courses in economics, calculus is required
- A graduate-level research methods course
- Intermediate inferential statistics with use of a large dataset and competence in analytic software
If pre-requisites have not been met before arrival at SLU, students may fulfill the pre-requisites at SLU, but the courses will not count toward the Ph.D. program.