Program Curriculum

The DSW is a part-time, online program that is convenient for working professionals. Students are required to attend a face-to-face, 20-hour residency in the third and sixth semesters. The core curriculum is designed to provide students with expertise in linking social work practice theory to conducting practice-outcome research, utilizing research for policymaking decisions, executive leadership in human service organizations, and the dissemination of practice knowledge to the practice community through scholarship and conference presentation. The program requires a minimum of 46 credits of course-based graduate study, plus a major project. The curriculum consists of 10 3-credit courses and one 4-credit course. Upon completion of online courses, students are required to enroll in a 2-credit continuous matriculation course (SW 799) each semester until the completion of all degree requirements.

Part-time Program

Part-time students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits of online coursework each semester. Two courses are offered each semester (fall, spring, and summer). Each online course is eight weeks in duration. Students are expected to complete the required coursework over a three-year period. Students are expected to complete all requirements and successfully defend their major product within five years from the start of program matriculation.

Curriculum Design

Year 1 (18 Credits)

Semester 1
Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Trauma and Resiliency (3 credits)
Neurobiology of Trauma and Resilience (3 credits)

Semester 2
Integrating Qualitative Research into Social Work Practice and Policy Decision-Making (3 credits)
Integrating Quantitative Research into Social Work Practice and Policy Decision-Making (3 credits)

Semester 3
Applied Research within Human Service Organizations (3 credits)
Residency Seminar I: Publishing (20-Hour Residency Required) (3 credits)

Year 2 (18 Credits)

Semester 4
Trauma-Informed Interventions I (3 credits)
Trauma-Informed Interventions II (3 credits)

Semester 5
Trauma-Informed Clinical Supervision (3 credits)
Advanced Trauma-Informed Conceptualization and Service Delivery (3 credits)

Semester 6
Executive Leadership and Administration (3 credits)
Residency Seminar II: Publishing (20-Hour Residency Required) (3 credits)

Year 3 (12 CREDITS)

Semester 7
Social Policy Analysis and Change (3 credits)
Trauma-Informed Advocacy with Marginalized Populations (3 credits)

Semester 8
Social Work Education: Issues and Methods (4 credits)
Continuous Matriculation (Potential Degree Defense) (2 credits)

Minimal Total Credits – 48