2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
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2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work Administration (DSW)

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Strong leadership, strategic program development, and effective implementation can enhance an agency’s ability to serve its target populations. This specialization helps students focus on these and other aspects of administration within the context of advancing social welfare. The curriculum is designed to help students gain insight into organizational behavior, staff development, internal and community relations, and management. Students can apply their knowledge to help social work agencies develop effective strategies for improving the well-being of the individuals and groups they serve.

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  5 cr. 
3 RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  5 cr. 
SOCW 8152 - Human Services Administration  5 cr. 
4 SOCW 8137 - Contemporary Issues, Social Change, and Social Policy  5 cr. 
SOCW 8138 - Program and Practice Evaluation  5 cr. 
5 SOCW 8750 - Leadership Development  5 cr. 
RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦ OR RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  5 cr.
6 SOCW 8801 - Clinical Seminar II  5 cr. 
SOCW 8786 - Strategic Context of Public Management and Leadership 5 cr.
7 Elective course chosen to support Capstone research project 5 cr.
SOCW 8610 - Action Research Project* 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.