DSW Members Programs

University of Southern California

Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

The first social work practice doctorate in the country, Penn’s Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW) Program prepares practice experts, inspired teachers, and real-world scholars for leadership in advanced social work practice and teaching. Students earn the doctorate in three years, without career disruption, through a combination of dynamic immersion experiences on Penn’s campus and interactive videoconference classes. The hybrid online curriculum makes the program accessible to working professionals including those with transient jobs or lifestyles, such as military personnel. Courses focus on the latest breakthroughs and techniques in social work practice, research and teaching, and are taught by faculty from around the world who are renowned leaders in their fields. A published dissertation allows students to become content experts in an area of social work practice while contributing to the professional knowledge base. For the dissertation, students choose from among the following methods: empirical, curriculum development, historical, conceptual-theoretical, program evaluation, or development or adaptation of a treatment intervention or practice protocol. Penn DSW graduates are expert practitioner-scholars who: teach, supervise and mentor; assume leadership roles in social work practice settings; and generate and disseminate social work practice knowledge. Qualified applicants must have an earned MSW from an accredited program.

University of Southern California
University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Private, Non-Profit
  • DSW Program
  • Online Program Only
  • Full or Part-time Enrollment
  • 12 Students or More
  • No
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • Yes, MSW or other master's degree
  • No, but preferred

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Adolescent and Youth Development
  • Child Welfare
  • Children & Families
  • Community Practice/Macro Practice
  • Corrections/Criminal Justice/Restorative Justice
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • Mental Health
  • Military/Veterans' Issues
  • Organizations, Management & Administration
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Work/Family/Family Policy

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