The online Doctor of Social Work (DSW) is designed for experienced social workers to become practitioner scholars in teaching and leadership and take on roles such as faculty members in social work programs and program directors, administrators, policy practitioners, and other organizational leadership positions within social service organizations.
UofL’s Doctor of Social Work program can help you make a real difference in your community and the world. If you’re an experienced social worker ready to make a difference, the expertly-designed DSW curriculum will help you develop the skills you need to educate, innovate and implement just practices that promote academic, organizational and community change.
The Doctor of Social Work is offered by the CSWE-accredited Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville.
This program is currently pending Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education approval. We encourage you to submit the Request for Information if you’re interested in earning your DSW. We will notify you as soon as the application is open and keep you informed of any steps you can take to prepare your application in the meantime.
Stronger cultural knowledge and stronger base to work from—available fully online.
Earn your graduate certificate in just 14 courses (44 credit hours).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Social worker employment is expected to grow 16% between 2016 and 2026.
"This program transforms experienced professionals into scholars, teachers and organizational leaders positively impacting vulnerable and marginalized populations."
|Application Deadline*||Term||Start Date|
|August 1 (Preferred)||Fall||August|
Note: Electronic transcripts are only accepted directly from the institution(s). Please have electronic transcripts sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The preferred deadline helps you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application in advance of the preferred deadline, as some application materials may take more time.
** Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 2 letters of recommendation are required now and the writing sample is currently waived.
The online Doctor of Social Work is a 44 credit hour program that requires 6 credit hours of thesis/capstone coursework (2 courses, completed during the third, final, year of the program).
|1||Fall||SW 800: Social Service Leadership and Teaching & Learning: History, Philosophy & Current Practice||3|
|SW 801: Ethics, Equity, and Social Justice: Theory & Practice||3|
|Spring||SW 802: Implementation Science, Program Development & Administration||3|
|SW 803: Continuous Quality Improvement, Data Driven Decision-Making, and Evidence Based Practice and Management||3|
|Summer||SW 804: Research Methods||3|
|SW 805: Program Evaluation||3|
|2||Fall||SW 806: Applied Social Service Leadership, Management & Practice||4|
|SW 807: Program Planning, Finance and Budgets||3|
|Spring||SW 808: Social Work Teaching & Learning: Theories, Methods & Assessment||3|
|SW 809: Teaching in Social Work: Course Design, Instruction & Evaluation||4|
|Summer||SW 810: Policy Analysis & Advocacy: Contemporary Issues||3|
|SW 811: Integrative Seminar & Qualifying Assessment||3|
|3||Fall||SW 812: Thesis/Capstone Project||3|
|Spring||SW 812: Thesis/Capstone Project||3|
|Minimum Required Credit Hours||44|