Doctor of Social Work
Southern Connecticut State University

Program Details

Southern Connecticut State University offers an online social work degree, the Doctor of Social Work (DSW).  This doctorate degree program prepares master’s-level social workers for leadership in agency or academic settings.  This is a professional doctorate program that also strives to be flexible enough for students to be able to attend while working.  It is offered in a three-year, part-time format consisting of two courses per semester that are delivered online.  The curriculum also displays flexibility by allowing students with a particular interest that is not included in the program plan to substitute one graduate level course for one of the required courses with advisor approval. 

All students will complete a self-designed externship that expands students’ experience in one of these areas of focus:

  • Advanced clinical practice
  • University teaching
  • Leadership and management

% Online

Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Connecticut State University is accredited by:

New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Essay/Writing Sample, Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work program
  • At least two years of post-MSW social work practice experience
  • A five-day in-person residency that begins each summer term, all DSW courses are delivered online.