College of Social Work

Doctorate of Social Work

DSW

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Program Summary

Summer 2023
Application Dates: 04/15/2023
Start Dates: 06/5/2023
Credits and Cost
Credits required: 42
Cost per credit: $715.50
Lauren M. Kirk in front of building smiling.

Lauren Kirk, MSW, LCSW

Recruiter

Instructor (Part-Time)

College of Social Work

University of Kentucky College of Social Work

643 Patterson Office Tower

Lexington KY 40506-0027

  • DSW
The Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) prepares social work practitioners to advance their career and emerge as leaders in the field. This rigorous program provides the experiences and foundation needed to work with specialized populations and navigate the realities of contemporary social work practice.

Program Summary

Summer 2023
Application Dates: 04/15/2023
Start Dates: 06/5/2023
Credits and Cost
Credits required: 42
Cost per credit: $715.50

Benefits of the DSW 

The DSW will provide an educational foundation to prepare practitioners who seek social work positions that require an advanced practice doctorate.  Social workers with DSW degrees are often leaders in the profession in areas of practice, policy, and scholarship and are well-qualified to serve in higher-level administrative positions.  Many also assume academic positions and make substantive contributions to the knowledge base of the profession.  

Our DSW program utilizes an innovative Core Plus model that offers students a flexible, affordable, and efficient way to earn their degree.  Courses are taught online through asynchronous models with the exception of residency week during the summer which is taught synchronously. The Core Plus approach offers flexibility, allowing learners to progress through the program at their own pace, while the cohort model and residency week foster support via concentrated time with classmates and faculty. Beyond the core curriculum, students will select one of four concentrations: 
(1) Administrative Leadership, (2) Clinical Social Work, (3) Military Behavioral Health or (4) Social Work Education. 


The DSW creates more economic opportunities for social workers as it typically increases earnings by more than $20,000 (National Association of Social Workers, 2019) and increases job readiness for advanced practice positions.  

Request more information or speak with one of our Admissions Counselors at (833) 358-1721.

Application Requirements

  • Unofficial transcripts from degree-granting institutions and all graduate work
  • Employment history (resume or vita)
  • Personal Statement
  • Two reference letters with cover letter attached for each reference. Please exclude personal, pastoral and relative references. If you graduated within the past 5 years, you must provide at least one academic reference.

See more at the following links:

DSW Admission Application DSW Curriculum Overview

Contact

Lauren M. Kirk in front of building smiling.

Lauren Kirk, MSW, LCSW

Recruiter

Instructor (Part-Time)

College of Social Work

University of Kentucky College of Social Work

643 Patterson Office Tower

Lexington KY 40506-0027

Students Residing Outside of Kentucky

If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Out of State Student page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state.