The Doctor of Social Welfare prepares professional social workers for leadership in human services and in higher education. The program’s emphasis is on preparing students to contribute to the development of social work practice knowledge. The areas of knowledge development include the design, implementation and evaluation of social policies and programs, clinical intervention and services, and social welfare education and training


Doctor of Social Welfare


Completion of 54 semester units coursework within 7 years of admission. The student will undertake supervised research should represent a distinct and significant contribution to the subject. Satisfaction of all financial obligations.


The DSW applicant must hold the Master’s degree or equivalent from approved graduate institution in social welfare or similar social sciences degree must be completed an overall GPA of 2.5. Proof of two years of professional experience in a social work field. Proof of current work within a social work position. One recommendation from a peer worker.


Required: 27 units
Elective: 15 units
Written Dissertation: 12 units
Total: 54 units

For complete information regarding course offerings please refer to the catalog.

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