Help shape the future of the field as a scholar, researcher, or leader.
Make crucial contributions to your profession—and to society—with our online Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program. The challenging curriculum prepares you to practice at the highest level of the field and address today’s most pressing social work issues. A PhD in Social Work degree qualifies students to pursue high-level roles as researchers, educators, policymakers, and administrators.
Earning your PhD in Social Work is the ultimate intellectual feat, and Walden’s online learning environment is designed to facilitate your success. From start to finish, get access to a wealth of student resources that can help you reach that finish line. These include:
At Walden, we understand that you likely work full time and may care for children or other family members. Explore our support services designed to help you balance family commitments with your work and school responsibilities. We’re all in this together.
This specialization can prepare you to serve as an expert in clinical social work practice by providing an opportunity to focus on advanced clinical supervision. Gain the knowledge to supervise or mentor Master of Social Work students or advance your current clinical practice.
You have a curious mind, a compassionate heart, and a penchant for problem-solving. In Walden’s online PhD in Social Work program, you’ll gain the advanced credentials and expertise to take your talents further than you ever imagined. Move forward as a researcher, educator, or administrator in social work and or a related discipline. Impact your profession at a higher level.
Dr. Lisa Moon has worked in the field of social work for more than 30 years, with a professional background that encompasses child protection, medical social work, and mental health. Her research interests include mental health services for children, issues related to caring for the elderly, simulative education, and accreditation for social work programs.
As a graduate of Walden’s online PhD in Social Work program, you will be prepared to:
Imagine hearing the words “Dr. ____” for the very first time. Elevate your influence with a credential that matters. From dedicated faculty to exceptional support services, you’re never alone on your doctoral path—Walden is here to help you reach the finish line. Find out more about our online PhD in Social Work program today.
A PhD in Social Work from Walden is an elite credential that can set you apart in the market and bring new respect from peers, employers, clients, and students. You’ll be prepared to make a difference through influential roles in research, teaching, policymaking, or administration.
Earn a degree that puts you in demand. Employment for social and community service managers is expected to grow by 13% through 2028—much faster than the average for all occupations.2 Jobs for postsecondary teachers are expected to grow at a rate of 11% through 2028.3
A PhD in Social Work can prepare you to pursue career options such as:
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
A PhD in Social Work can prepare you to work in settings such as:
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.
I knew I wanted to attain a PhD so that I could teach at the university level, and I have a passion for forming competent and informed social workers.
1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Database (IPEDS). Retrieved July 2018; includes 2017 preliminary data and all classifications of instructional programs (CIP) codes. A doctoral research degree is a PhD or other doctoral degree that requires advanced work beyond the master’s level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement. Some examples of this type of degree may include EdD, DMA, DBA, DSc, DA, DM, or others, as designated by the awarding institution.
2Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.
3Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Postsecondary Teachers. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.
4Source: PaySscale, Senior Researcher Salary.