Explore the latest findings and practices in social work and learn how to change lives for the better by creating sustainable and relevant social welfare programs.

Our DSW program , one of the few offered online, will allow you to:

  • Participate in face-to-face residencies that allow you to network with expert faculty members and peers.
  • Hone your research, writing, and critical-thinking skills.
  • Put your knowledge and skills to work to address real-world problems in your own agency or community.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: May 30, 2017

Duration: 48 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 20 credits

Choose from eight different specializations:

  • Addictions and Social Work
  • Clinical Expertise
  • Criminal Justice
  • Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention
  • Family Studies and Interventions
  • Medical Social Work
  • Policy Practice
  • Social Work Administration

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Utilize current research, best practices, and theory to promote prevention and intervention strategies that address social problems and needs of social groups.
  • Employ various research and statistical tools to find data used to address the etiology and dynamics of social problems and social needs.
  • Evaluate the role of research and evaluation in social work in improving social interventions and advancing theory development.
  • Apply ethical decision making and practices in social work.

More about our DSW program

  • Career Options

    A DSW can prepare you to pursue various roles at the forefront of the social work profession, such as:*

    • Leader in agencies and organizations
    • Program director
    • Evaluator of social work practice and agencies
    • Supervisor in social work organizations

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    An MSW is required for entrance into the DSW program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the DSW program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

Why earn your DSW at Walden?

  • Learn From Leaders

    We have an expert faculty composed of scholars, researchers, and professionals with public and private sector experience.

  • 6-day Residency

    Interact with your peers and faculty to expand your clinical skills.

  • Exceptional Student Support

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.



“My mentor was my first-year advisor and my dissertation chair. This was an excellent relationship."

Jack Monell | PhD in Human Services Graduate