DSW Program-at-a-glance

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW). This DSW program has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Education as Practice: Exceptional preparation for the practice of teaching


  • 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
  • EITHER a teaching practicum OR an interprofessional education experience completed during final summer residency
  • "Banded" dissertation


  • MSW degree from a program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Minimum of two years post-MSW social work practice experience
  • Social work license eligibility
  • Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for previous graduate work
  • Commitment to teach and lead in the social work profession.


  • Application deadline for Summer 2016: January 15, 2016
  • 2016 Cohort 3 program start:
    • Orientation at Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, MN: July 15-17
    • On-campus residency at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN: July 18-29
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Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW)