DSW Members Programs

Southern Connecticut State University

Department of Social Work

Southern Connecticut State University’s Doctor of Social Work (DSW) is a professional doctorate that prepares master’s-level social workers for leadership in organization or academic settings. It is offered in a three-year, part-time format, which allows students to maintain their employment while studying. The program prepares students to practice ethically, translate research into policy, and assume leadership in the implementation of advanced social work practice. The self-designed externship (240 hours) and capstone project allow students to enhance their expertise in one of the following areas of focus:

  • Advanced clinical practice
  • University teaching
  • Leadership and management

Graduates of the DSW program are equipped to be competent and compassionate agents of change. Program Highlights:

  • Southern’s DSW program is the first in New England.
  • All DSW courses are delivered online in a cohort model.
  • A five-day, in-person residency begins each summer term. The residency week occurs the week before the July 4th holiday.
  • Full-time faculty advise a four-semester capstone project.
  • Mentors for students’ self-designed externships (240 hours) are leaders in their respective fields.
Southern Connecticut State University
Southern Connecticut State University
  • New Haven, Connecticut
  • Public
  • DSW Program
  • Online Program Only
  • Part-time Enrollment Only
  • 12 Students or More
  • No
  • No
  • Yes, MSW required
  • Yes

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Adolescent and Youth Development
  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Child Welfare
  • Children & Families
  • Community Practice/Macro Practice
  • Corrections/Criminal Justice/Restorative Justice
  • Disability
  • Disaster Response
  • Family Violence
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Military/Veterans' Issues
  • Organizations, Management & Administration
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • School Social Work
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Practice
  • Work/Family/Family Policy

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