College of Social Work

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Program Summary

Application Dates: 04/15/2021
Start Dates: 06/7/2021
Cost per credit: $693.00
Stephannie Early

Stephannie Early

Recruitment Officer

Doctorate of Social Work (DSW)

College of Social Work

619 Patterson Office Tower

Lexington, KY 40506-0027

(859) 257-9558

  • 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

Application Dates: 04/15/2021
Start Dates: 06/7/2021
Cost per credit: $693.00

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 three concentrations:  Administrative Leadership, Clinical Social Work, or Military Behavioral Health. 


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.  

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all previous academic work
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

‚Äč*Please note there is a $50 application fee.
Additional PhD Program Application requirements can be viewed here.

DSW Admission Application

Contact

Stephannie Early

Stephannie Early

Recruitment Officer

Doctorate of Social Work (DSW)

College of Social Work

619 Patterson Office Tower

Lexington, KY 40506-0027

(859) 257-9558

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.