Factors associated with success in doctoral social work education

Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, Christopher G. Petr, Felicia Mitchell

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Although admission criteria such as GRE scores and undergraduate GPAs (UGPAs) have been shown to moderately predict success in graduate school for students in other academic disciplines and in MSW programs, no published research has examined factors associated with success in social work PhD programs. This article reports the findings of a pilot study in a Midwestern university that examined the relationship between common admissions variables and success in the doctoral program. Results indicate that GRE quantitative score, first-year doctoral GPA (DGPA), and age at admission were associated with successful completion of the doctoral program. Verbal GRE and UGPA were significantly correlated with first-year DGPA. Limitations and implications for admission and retention of students are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)548-558
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2014
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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