Doctorate - Social Work

The Doctorate in Social Work is designed to fill a gap in social work doctoral education as the first program of its kind to focus on preparing social work faculty specifically for university-level teaching and leadership in higher education. Strong social work practitioners with an MSW degree will gain the skills and credentials to teach and lead in the social work profession and become stewards of the discipline.

Format: Online

Tuition: $1,109/credit

Total Program Credits: 45

Application Deadline: For summer 2017 start: January 15, 2017

Cohort Model: 20 students

Accreditation: HLC (Higher Learning Commission)

Residency: On-campus, 2 weeks each summer



Our Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) will prepare social work faculty for university-level teaching and leadership in higher education. We partner with students to prepare graduates to assume the roles of faculty to teach, develop an identity as a scholar practitioner, write for publication and other forms of dissemination, and pursue social justice through leadership in the academy and community.

  • Three-year curriculum; 45 semester credits (15 courses) required.
  • Cohort model: Students move through the program as a group, forming strong personal and professional connections
  • Online synchronous and asynchronous instruction
  • On-campus residency each summer in St. Paul, MN (2 weeks)
  • Fall and Spring semesters comprised of two successive, 8-week sessions
  • Banded dissertation