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Doctor of Social Work Degree in Clinical Practice & Leadership Program (DSW Program)

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Prospective Students

Program Overview

The College of Social Work offers a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) in Clinical Practice and Leadership that prepares graduates for advanced clinical practice and leadership. Geared toward working professionals, the DSW is an intensive accelerated program that enables students to satisfy all degree requirements in three years, without career disruption. The DSW Program is unique in the country in that it has an advanced clinical social work curriculum focused on evidence-based practice, clinical leadership, clinical science, and applied research. Part of the unique nature of the DSW program is that it is a professional practice degree – designed to prepare students for advanced clinical practice and advanced practice leadership – and we offer this curriculum in an online format where students who are full-time working clinical social workers can continue in their on-going clinical practice while studying to earn their doctorate.


The DSW curriculum follows eight (8) semesters of rigorous coursework with two classes per semester. Courses within the DSW curriculum are listed in the expected sequence. Students will complete three semesters, or six courses, before writing and defending the Capstone I paper. DSW Capstone II papers are completed in the final semester.

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DSW Faculty and Staff

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Program Assistant
Jason Davis,

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Program Director
Dr. Lizzie Bowland,