Expand your career opportunities when you earn a Doctor of Social Work degree with a specialization in one of eight focus areas.
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Transfer CreditsUp to 20 credits
Admission ConsiderationsA master's degree or higher. At least two years of full-time or part-time post-MSW practice experiences within the past 5 years, to include agency-based social work practice, Resume – 2 years post-MSW practice experience within past five (5) years.
General Admission Requirements
Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply.
With a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) from Walden, you can gain the skills needed to become an advanced practitioner. This doctoral degree program can also prepare you to become a leader in designing, implementing, and assessing social welfare programs and policies.
Enter a High-Growth Field
Opportunities for social work professionals are expected to grow by 25% from 2010 to 2020—faster than the average for all other occupations.*
Career opportunities for healthcare social workers are projected to grow at a rate of 34% through 2020.*
Expand Your Career Options
A DSW can prepare you to pursue roles at the forefront of the social work profession:
Leader in agencies and organizations
Evaluator of social work practice and agencies
Supervisor in social work organizations
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–13 Edition, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/Community-and-Social-Service/Social-workers.htm/#tab-6 (viewed online June 28, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual employment.
I am loving my Walden experience. I believe the university is providing a quality education. I also feel supported by staff and instructors as I move forward.
The amount of support, resources, and assistance available to students is phenomenal.
I hope that with the degree I’ve obtained from Walden I can help individuals, organizations, and policymakers develop policies and plans to benefit children and youth.
I knew from earning my master’s degree that Walden fit my schedule as an intervention counselor, trainer, and single parent.
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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