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Quality Guidelines for PhD Programs

The purpose of the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) Quality Guidelines for PhD Programs is to provide guidance for the development, review, and improvement of PhD programs in social work. Specific requirements and program structures will depend on policies and procedures of the host university and the chosen focus of the program. Thus, some variability in and diversity of programs across institutions is expected. The Guidelines are not meant to be prescriptive; rather, they intend to provide an aspirational framework that programs may use in their initial and ongoing development and to inform program assessment and improvement.

2023 GADE Quality Guidelines for PhD Programs in Social Work  - NEW!

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DSW Program Accreditation

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and its Commission on Accreditation (COA) launched the pilot for the accreditation of professional practice doctoral programs in the Fall of 2021. To learn more, please visit CSWE-Practice Doctoral Program Accreditation.