DSW - Doctor of Social Work

Doctor of Social Work

DSW PROGRAM INFORMATION

Program Highlights

About the DSW Program

Admission Standards

Student Admission Selection Process

DSW request information 

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Program Highlights

  • Geared towards master degreed social workers who wish to become teaching faculty in departments/schools of social work and/or leaders managing public or private social service organizations.
  • 100% online; using both synchronous and asynchronous models
  • 44 hours, Part-time program for the working professional. 2 courses each semester over 6 semesters, 1 course each in the 7th and 8th semesters for a total of 3 years. Two courses are offered sequentially each semester (fall, spring, and summer). Each online course is 8 weeks in duration. 
  • No GRE Required
  • Thesis or Capstone project for final evaluation

About the DSW Program

The Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) program within the Kent School of Social Work will educate master degreed social workers to become future practitioner scholars in teaching and social service leadership. The DSW program’s overall goal is to offer advanced education, training, and mentoring to master degreed social workers who wish to become teaching faculty in departments/schools of social work and/or leaders managing public or private social service organizations. This addresses the need for competent and well-trained social work professionals in the academic and social service workforce. The DSW program goals are:

  • To educate students on models of social service leadership and teaching and learning
  • To train students to analyze and improve models of social service leadership and teaching and learning
  • To prepare students to implement social service leadership knowledge and skills in practice
  • To prepare students to apply teaching skills and learning strategies in instruction
  • To educate students to ethically practice in leadership and teaching positions
  • To use various modes of scientific inquiry to critically evaluate the practices of social service leadership and teaching and learning

Admission Standards

  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vita
  • Master’s degree in Social Work
  • Completed application and application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s work and/or academic ability and performance such as current or former supervisors and instructors[1]
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A writing sample demonstrating the applicant’s writing and analytical ability[not required at this time][2]
  • Personal Statement of goals for pursuing the DSW degree [Requirements for Completing the Personal Statement]
  • Two years of post-master’s degree social work experience
  • An interview after review of submitted application materials
  • Master’s GPA of 3.0.  Applicants with a master’s GPA of  below 3.0 showing potential for success as demonstrated in their other submitted application materials and/or in the interview for admission into the DSW program will be given consideration for admission.

Student Admission Selection Process

A holistic approach to the evaluation of applications is undertaken. The student selection process involves the review of all application materials, and if that review is favorable,   an interview is conducted by DSW faculty members assessing the applicant’s fit with program goals, faculty expertise, potential for in program and post-graduation success.  An applicant is admitted into the DSW program at the recommendation of the DSW faculty.

After the interviews are completed, the DSW program faculty will recommend to the DSW director whether to admit, wait-list, or deny the applicant entrance into the program.

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[1] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only two letters of recommendation instead of the required three are expected at this time.

[2] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the writing sample is not required at this time.

We will begin formally accepting applications starting the 1st of July 2021.  Classes will begin in August 2021.  Download info session flyer [PDF]


DSW Contact Information

Bibhuti Sar, PhD
502.852.3932

Christine Payne
502.852.3931