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Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

Gain advanced clinical skills in assessment and intervention for individuals, families, and communities.

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 31, 2021

Transfer Credits: Up to 20 credits

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Learn to identify the needs of families, individuals, and communities whose lives have been affected by addiction.
Prepare for a career as an expert in clinical social work practice.
Study best practices related to traditional forms of intervention for both offenders and victims, including individual and group therapy.
Examine best practices for counseling victims in the aftermath of natural or man-made crises.
Develop advanced skills to provide culturally sensitive support to children and families, and tailor your approach to address the distinct needs of these groups.
Cultivate a better understanding of the resources and support services available for vulnerable populations, including those who are terminally ill, disabled, or dealing with acute or chronic illness.
Advance social welfare by identifying community needs and learning best practices for working with key stakeholders on today’s most pressing social policy issues.
Advance social welfare and help social work agencies develop effective strategies for improving the well-being of the individuals and groups they serve.

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

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.

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

Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with a Walden Enrollment Specialist today at 855-203-5779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

Walden’s Enrollment Specialists are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education.
Our Enrollment Specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted or call 855-203-5779.

Why earn your DSW at Walden?

Jack Monell

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

Jack Monell | PhD in Human Services Graduate


A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

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