Community Well-Being Ph.D.

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Who Applies? 

The CWB Program admission process is highly selective. We admit a small number of students (2-4) in each admission cycle. We are particularly dedicated to increasing the number of under-represented minorities in the profession. Qualified applicants to our program have research and practical experiences relevant to a career in community psychology. Applicants with master’s degrees in Community Psychology are especially encouraged to apply. A master’s degree is not required, but students applying without a master’s degree will have to take more courses and should expect more time to graduation. Specifically, qualified applicants are able to demonstrate in their applications: 

  • An excellent academic record 
  • An interest in becoming a scholar/researcher and seeking an academic position upon graduation. This interest should be informed by prior research experience.  
  • Familiarity with the field of community psychology 
  • A fit with a CWB faculty members’ research program in terms of background and interests 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. in CWB is based on the following*: 

  • An undergraduate and graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least 2 academic and 1 can be from a practitioner/community member). 
  • A personal statement describing the following: 
    • Reasons for applying to the program; 
    • Previous research experience 
    • Previous experience with community-based work 
    • Specific ideas for developing a research program 
    • Fit with at least one CWB faculty members’ research program and interest in working with in terms of background and interests. To be considered, applicants must identify a CWB faculty member they are interested in working with. 
    • Goals upon graduation. 
  • Current Resume 
  • A writing sample that summarizes or reports on research must be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office directly by email

Qualified students will be invited for an interview. 

 For full consideration complete applications are due by January 1st