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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017)

Doctor of Social Work (DSW)


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The Doctor of Social Work (DSW) is a postgraduate program designed to prepare students as advanced practitioners who employ action research to design, implement, and assess social work and social welfare programs and policies for suitability for the diverse needs of families, communities, and society. This program may prepare students to design culturally and contextually relevant social services; mentor others in their efforts to provide social services to individuals, communities, and society; and provide leadership and advocacy in the social work profession regarding needs of individuals and communities with schools, governments, health services, criminal justice systems, and mental health organizations.

The DSW program specifically differs from the PhD in Social Work because the development and training in the DSW is focused on providing advanced development for the practitioner-scholar. The PhD program is focused on developing scholar-practitioners for service as researchers, agency leaders, policy analysts, and educators.

Learning Outcomes


 At the end of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply current research, best practices, and theory-based prevention and intervention strategies to address social problems and needs of social groups.
  2. Address etiology and dynamics of social problems and social needs by using research in the field.
  3. Apply results from research and evaluation to improve prevention and intervention strategies in social work practice.
  4. Critically examine the history of social work, its mission, and its core values.
  5. Promote social change by collaborating with clients, various professional agencies, organizations, and communities to advocate for the needs of culturally diverse clientele.
  6. Design and implement culturally-responsive prevention and intervention strategies.
  7. Apply ethical decision making to social work research and practice.

Degree Requirements


  • 78 total credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (35 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Elective course (5 cr.)
  • Doctoral Study Action Research Project (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms = 20 cr.)
  • 3 years estimated time to completion (based on individual student progress)
  • One face-to-face residency

Curriculum


Specialization Courses (15 cr.)


These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Residency Requirement


  • Complete one residency face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; required before you begin your action research project.

Elective Course


Students choose a course to support their Capstone research project.

Doctoral Action Research Project (20 cr.)


Course Sequence


Quarter

Course

Credits

 1

SOCW 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Study  

3 cr.

SOCW 8110 - Advanced Social Work Theory and Practice  

5 cr.

 2

SOCW 8802 - Clinical Seminar I   

5 cr.

SOCW 8117 - Diversity and Multiculturalism 

 

3 cr.

 3

RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  

5 cr.

Specialization Course 1

5 cr.

 4

SOCW 8137 - Contemporary Issues, Social Change, and Social Policy 

 

5 cr.

SOCW 8138 - Program and Practice Evaluation 

 

5 cr.

 5

Specialization Course 2

5 cr.

SOCW 8210 - Survey Research Methods  

5 cr.

 6

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  OR RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

3 cr.

Specialization Course 3

5 cr.

 7

SOCW 8610 - Action Research Project  

5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms = 20 cr.

Elective course chosen to support Capstone research project.

5 cr.

 8

SOCW 8610 - Action Research Project  

5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms = 20 cr.

 9

SOCW 8610 - Action Research Project  

5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms = 20 cr.

 10

SOCW 8610 - Action Research Project  

5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms = 20 cr.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.

Program Data


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