DSW Members Programs

State University of New York at Buffalo

School of Social Work

Our 39-credit DSW program is aimed at experienced social workers with a desire to advance their professional practice and address the research-to-practice gaps through the application of implementation science. DSW students will have the opportunity to build knowledge and learn to effectively integrate evidence into the practice setting to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our program incorporates the signature strengths of the school’s trauma-informed and human rights (TI-HR) perspective, and integrates these concepts into the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based treatments with vulnerable populations. As a part-time, fully online program, the DSW capitalizes on the latest digital technologies to innovate social work education and practice.
The DSW program is intended for experienced social work practitioners and designed to be completed within three years. Based on coursework and knowledge gained within the program, students implement a Capstone Project in their agency with a target population. Graduates are prepared to assume leadership in the implementation and dissemination of advanced social work practice and contribute to advancing equity and bringing a TI-HR perspective into practice. 
The following highlight the three fundamental aspects that make our online DSW program unique:

  • Utilizes implementation science to translate research into best practice interventions and identify strategies to address barriers to effective service delivery and program uptake. This is applicable at all levels of social work practice, and in both clinical and non-clinical settings.
  • Incorporates a trauma-informed and human rights perspective (TI-HR) to truly transform social work practice.
  • Integrates state-of-the-art digital technologies to innovate social work education and practice, including developing a global professional collaborative network.
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
  • Buffalo, NY, USA
  • Public
  • Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) in Social Welfare
  • Online Only
  • Part-time
  • 12 Students or More
  • No
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • 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
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Military/Veterans' Issues
  • Organizations, Management & Administration
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • School Social Work
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Practice

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