Sample Course Schedule

Students complete the required 45 credit hours of DSW coursework in three years. Online course instruction is supplemented with 2-week on-campus summer residencies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. 

Fall and Spring semesters are comprised of successive, 8-week sessions.  All courses are 3 credit hours. A sample course schedule including all required courses follows.

Year I

Summer

3-day Orientation in Minnesota

2 Week On-Campus Residency, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

  • DRSW 700: History of Social Work and Social Work Education

Semester I, Fall

8-Week Online Courses

  • DRSW 710: Social Work Education
  • DRSW 716: Roles and Responsibilities of the Professoriate

Semester II, Spring

8-week Online Courses

  • DRSW 717: Pedagogies in SW Education: Theory and Practice
  • DRSW 718: Mission and Purpose through Curriculum Development

 

Year II

Summer

2 Week On-Campus Residency, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

  • DRSW 719: Creating Hybrid, Online Course Formats

Semester III, Fall

8-Week Online Courses

  • DRSW 720: Social Work Theoretical Perspectives
  • DRSW 721: Teaching Social Work

Semester IV, Spring

8-Week Online Courses

  • DRSW 722: Using Mixed Methods in Social Work Research
  • DRSW 723: Engaged Scholarship

 

Year III

Summer

2 Week On-Campus Residency, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

  • DRSW 724: Interprofessional Education / IPC Experiential

 OR

  • DRSW 725: Teaching Practicum

Semester V, Fall

8-Week Online Courses

  • DRSW 790: DSW Capstone Seminar: Writing for Publication
  • Elective Course

Semester VI, Spring

8-Week Online Courses

  • DRSW 800: Banded Dissertation
  • Elective Course

 

The two required elective courses may include:

  • DRSW 730: Designing and Implementing a Field Education Program
  • DRSW 731: Grant Writing
  • DRSW 732: Program Evaluation and Assessment
  • DRSW 733: Program Administration
  • DRSW 734: The Arc of Supervision, Mentoring, and Faculty Development
  • DRSW 735: Independent Study
  • DRSW 736: International Social Work & Global Perspectives