Clinical Expert. Inspired Teacher. Real-world Scholar.

The Penn DSW Experience

Penn’s Doctorate in Clinical Social Work set the pace. We were the first social work practice doctorate. Now we’re the most accessible.

We recognize the importance of relational learning– both with peers and faculty.  All of our learning strategies are chosen with an eye toward building knowledge in community. We use technology to connect, not to distance.

Our hybrid distance program offers all the advantages of a world class learning community in a highly interactive, relational, accessible and convenient format.

The Penn DSW Advantage

Penn DSW students earn their doctorate in 3 years. We use a combination of campus immersion experiences and technology (web cam and videoconferencing) that works for working professionals. We create an unparalleled educational experience, bringing students to Penn to interact and learn on an Ivy League campus during the campus immersion experiences. Our renowned faculty teach cutting-edge courses on the latest in clinical practice, research and teaching. Our graduates’ successes prove that the DSW is a gateway to fulfilling careers as social work practice leaders and educators.

Come to Penn and learn from clinical experts, inspired teachers and real-world scholars. Come to Penn and become one yourself.

To hear more and see if the program is right for you, join an Online Information Session or contact us at: or 215-573-7133.

Read the results of a survey of our DSW graduates: An Evaluation of the University of Pennsylvania’s Practice Doctorate (DSW) Program. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, Vol. 35, Issue 1-2, 2015