DSW Program-at-a-glance

DEGREE EARNED: 
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. (At this time, doctoral programs are not accredited by CSWE)

CURRICULUM FOCUS: 
Education as Practice: Exceptional preparation for the practice of teaching and leadership in higher education

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

  • 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) (see Getting Started)
  • Fall and Spring semesters each comprised of two successive, 8-week sessions (see Sample Course Schedule)
  • "Banded" dissertation (see Course Descriptions page)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • MSW degree from a program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Minimum of two years post-MSW social work practice experience
  • Previous teaching experience in higher education (adjunct or full-time) - strongly preferred
  • Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for previous graduate work
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to capacity of student to do doctoral level work
  • Writing sample that demonstrates capacity for doctoral work
  • A personal statement that convincingly addresses the questions provided
  • Commitment to teach and lead in the social work profession as evident in letters of reference, personal statement and writing sample
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IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Application deadline for Summer 2018: January 15, 2018
  • 2017, Cohort 4 program start:
    • Orientation at Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, MN: July 14-16
    • On-campus residency at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN: July 16-28