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Social Work, DSW

The Doctor of Social Work Program (DSW) at Delaware State University supports advanced generalist social work practitioners (with a minimum of three years post-MSW practice experience) in the areas of leadership, social work education, and research as they continue to develop expertise as agents of change within a racialized society.

The DSW program was developed to support five program-based student learning outcomes.

  1. Engage in systematic inquiry that adheres to scholarly conventions.
  2. Use and evaluate research-informed practice critically and at an advanced level.
  3. Develop and disseminate practice-relevant knowledge through a variety of channels, such as teaching, scholarship, professional presentations, mentoring, and administration.
  4. Demonstrate leadership in social work practice and education.
  5. Develop and maintain substantive expertise in one or more areas of social work practice.

What makes us the right choice?

  • 8-week accelerated classes, 1 class per 8 week session
  • In-person or (online) synchronous hybrid program
  • Cohort model
  • 3 Year Program



  • Leadership
  • Social Work Education
  • Research
  • Practice

Application Requirements

  • An earned Masters in Social Work (MSW) degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
  • DSU Graduate Studies admission application.
  • Official transcript(s) of all academic work completed.
  • Sample of Scholarly Work. Either submission of a previously submitted first authored published manuscript, unsubmitted/unpublished manuscript, OR an APA formatted 5-page topic paper relevant to social work with cited scholarly sources to support key points.
  • Career Essay. The candidate must specifically explain how a DSW degree will support their future career goals. Specifications: 2 pages, APA style, grammatical error free.
  • Resume/CV. A current professional resume or CV demonstrating 3 years of post-MSW experience and listing any published or submitted manuscripts and any professional presentations.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (professional with one academic if available) via the online application process.

Required Courses

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