Doctorate of Social Work Online at USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is the first among private, elite research universities to offer the Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree program online: the DSW@USC.

The online DSW prepares experienced professionals with the skills to develop practical, applied solutions to large-scale social challenges that directly impact vulnerable, marginalized or otherwise disadvantaged populations.

As a student in our online doctorate in social work program, you will develop the skills of both practitioners and scholars: You will adopt the disciplinary habits of scholars through rigorous inquiry, and learn the methodological tools associated with leading and managing innovation and change.

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The DSW@USC at a Glance

You will complete coursework focused on two primary content areas: innovation and leadership and advanced management practice in complex systems.

As a DSW@USC student, you will complete 42 units of coursework focused on three areas:

The DSW degree may be completed along an Accelerated or Standard track.

The DSW@USC will prepare you to:

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Online DSW Program Requirements

The online DSW program  is as demanding and rigorous as an on-campus counterpart and comes with the same admissions requirements. Your background must demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to solving systemic social problems. To be considered for this online DSW degree program, you must have:

No GRE Required

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Not ready to pursue your DSW degree online? Learn more about our online MSW program, the MSW@USC, available on a full- or part-time basis.

DSW Online Curriculum

You will complete coursework focused on two primary content areas: innovation and leadership and advanced management practice in complex systems.

The DSW@USC Courses

The curriculum includes Design Laboratory for Social Innovation I and II, where you will   incorporate models from your courses to address one or more of the 12 Grand Challenges in Social Work, as defined by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

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Career Outcomes

When you earn your Doctorate of Social Work online from USC, you will be positioned to participate in and lead conversations on sweeping social topics such as gun violence, foster care, homelessness and more.

Career possibilities include:

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Student Experience

Taught by USC social work professors, seminar-style classes are kept small. Your digital classroom features innovative and collaborative tools — such as breakout rooms, live chat and document sharing — designed to foster close, intimate discussions.

Recordings of live class sessions are available 24/7 so you can revisit concepts and classroom conversations.

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