Program Curriculum

The DSW is a part-time, online program that is convenient for working professionals. The core curriculum is designed to provide students with expertise in linking social work practice theory to conducting trauma-responsive practice, 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 48 credits of course-based graduate study, plus a major project. The curriculum consists of 16, 3-credit course. Upon completion of online courses, students are required to enroll and complete the activities for 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. In fall and spring semesters, courses are taken consecutively; in summer semesters, courses are taken simultaneously. Each online course is eight weeks in duration and consist of both asynchronous and synchronous components. Live, synchronous meetings are held on Saturday mornings and attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to complete all requirements and successfully defend their major product within three 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
Advanced Trauma Informed Conceptualization and Service Delivery (3 credits)
Social Policy Analysis and Change (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)
Executive Leadership and Administration (3 credits)

Semester 6
Applied Research within Human Service Organizations (3 credits)
Advocacy with Marginalized Populations (3 credits)

Year 3 (18 CREDITS)

Semester 7
Social Work Education: Issues and Methods (3 credits)
Residency Seminar I (3 credits)

Semester 8
Social Work Doctoral Elective (3 credits)
Residency Seminar II (3 credits)

Total Course Credits – 48