DSW Members Programs

University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

The University of St. Thomas School of Social Work offers an online Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) program. Graduates are prepared to:

  1. Engage in transformative teaching;
  2. Develop an identity as scholar practitioners;
  3. Write for publication; and
  4. Pursue social justice through service and leadership

The focus of our curriculum is Education as Practice in response to the growing need for social work educators. In a three-year curriculum of 45 credits, students, in a cohort model, start with a weekend orientation and 2-week on-campus summer residency course, followed by four successive, 8-week sessions in fall and spring. Online synchronous/asynchronous instruction provides accessibility for working professionals throughout the country. Students complete a "Banded" dissertation, grounded in students’ long-range scholarship agenda/interests, to demonstrate capacity to engage in scholarship, contribute to scholarly literature, and think critically as leaders.

Admission requires an MSW from a CSWE-accredited program, a minimum two years post-MSW social work practice experience, previous teaching experience in higher education (adjunct or full-time), minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and personal statement. We look for a commitment to teach and lead in social work profession.

University of St. Thomas
University of St. Thomas
  • St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Private, Non-Profit
  • Doctorate in Social Work (DSW)
  • Partially Online, Partially In-Person
  • Full-time Enrollment Only
  • 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
  • Family Violence
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • Mental Health
  • Military/Veterans' Issues
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Practice

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