Walden’s Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program is one of the few programs of its kind offered online. Created to help you change your world and the world of others, the DSW program can prepare you to become a recognized leader in your field and help you gain the skills to develop sustainable solutions for today’s most pressing social issues.

This doctoral program prepares you to be an authoritative advocate for social justice. Enhance your ability to address societal challenges and make an even greater difference in the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The Doctor of Social Work program includes eight specializations so you can align your studies with your personal interests.

Featuring a curriculum based on the latest research and best practices in social work, Walden’s DSW program provides ample opportunity for relevant, hands-on learning. As a Doctor of Social Work student, you participate in a six-day residency that gives you the chance to expand your clinical capabilities, network and socialize with peers, and meet one-on-one with Walden faculty. The culmination of your studies is an action research project in which you put your knowledge and skills to work to address a real-world problem in your agency or community.

The DSW program at Walden allows you to expand your practice to new populations and pursue leadership roles in social work agencies and organizations. With this degree, you can advance your career while making a significant and positive impact on public welfare in various settings, including schools, government agencies, and mental health organizations.

A Master of Social Work (MSW) is a prerequisite for Walden’s DSW program.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

  • Grants and tuition reductions available.

  • Social Work Scholarship Opportunities

    Learn about the Barbara Solomon Scholarships for Social Work open to new MSW, DSW, and PhD in Social Work students helping the underserved.

  • “Graduates of Walden’s DSW program will emerge with the skills to address some of society’s most compelling social issues. The opportunity to participate in action research while working toward the degree is an invaluable experience that allows students to engage in a foundational element of designing and implementing effective social work programs.”

    Sally M. Brocksen, PhD
    Academic Program Director, Social Work

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    Learn more about the school community and meet the people who you'll work with in your program.

  • Dollar signReceive a $5,000 grant if you reside in the US and start this program on August 29, 2016. Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

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