Curriculum - Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

The DSW program can be completed in three years and consists of 45 credit hours of coursework. Students will choose a track in clinical or organizational leadership. The clinical track includes coursework in advanced practice theory and techniques, research methods and clinical supervision and practice. The organizational leadership track curriculum hones your leadership and management skills for organizational and community settings. Both tracks include courses on teaching social work.

Core (21 hours)

  • Advanced Advocacy and Policy Practice
  • Research for Clinical and Community Practice I
  • Research for Clinical and Community Practice II
  • Introduction to Capstone Project (1 hour)
  • Capstone Project Proposal (2 hours)
  • Capstone Project (up to 9 hours)

Clinical Track (18 hours)

  • Advanced Theories in Oppression and Disparities
  • Neuroscience in Clinical Social Work Practice
  • Teaching Social Work Practice
  • Cognitive Behavioral Theory
  • Assessment and Diagnosis in Evidence-Based Practice
  • Clinical Supervision and Ethics

Organizational Leadership Track (18 hours)

  • Advanced Theories in Oppression and Disparities
  • Organizational Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Teaching Social Work Practice
  • Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Ethics in Community and Organizational Leadership

Electives (6 hours)

Two preapproved elective courses must be selected from the following options:

  • Human Service Finance and Budgeting
  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies
  • Social Work and Emotional Trauma
  • Human Resources in Health and Social Service

Please note that courses are subject to change.