Advance your knowledge and skills in clinical practice, leadership, and higher education. 

Southern’s fully online Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) enables experienced practitioners to purse career advancement with ease and flexibility. The three-year, part-time, online program is taught by award-winning faculty and works from a curriculum based on the latest research and best practices in social work. 

Our DSW program prepares social workers as competent and compassionate agents of change who practice ethically; translate research into policy; and assume leadership in the implementation of advanced social work practice. It the only one to offer externships, which are 180-hours, self-designed and conducted with a mentor. Students choose from three areas: advanced clinical practice, university teaching, and leadership and management.

Program Highlights

  • Three-year, part-time, online format that allows participating social workers to pursue their doctorate while maintaining their professional positions
  • A five-day, in-person summer residency is followed by two courses per semester (summer, fall, and spring) during each of three calendar years. The residency week occurs the week before the July 4th holiday.
  • All courses delivered online courses (two courses during summer, fall, and spring terms)
  • Self-designed externship (180 hours) with a mentor who is a leader in the field

Program Requirements

Visit the graduate catalog for application deadlines and program requirements.


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Contact Us

School of Graduate and Professional Studies 
501 Crescent St. New Haven, CT 06515
Buley Library, BU 444-448
(203) 392-9670


Department of Social Work
Phone: (203) 392-6551