Clinical Expert, Inspired Teacher, Real-World Scholar

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    Student Life

    Unconditional Love in a Straight Society

    For his dissertation research, DSW student Jeff Jinn studied how companion animals can be used to help socially isolated LGBT+ youth. All DSW dissertations completed since 2010 can be accessed on Scholarly Commons. ...

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  • DSW cohort walking in Greece.

    Student Life

    Social Work Students Help Refugees in Europe

    After an intense, trauma-focused semester of classroom learning, doctoral students from the University of Pennsylvania traveled to Greece as part of a pilot international immersion. During their weeklong trip in late June to Athens, 11 doctorate of social work...

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    Alumni Stories

    Celebrating 10 Years of SP2’s DSW Program: Graduate Spotlight

    Growing up in rural South Korea, Anderson Sungmin Yoon had very specific goals; graduate from college and find a career to support his family. Being the second oldest of six and the first in his...

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The Penn DSW Experience

Penn’s Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW) set the pace. We were the first social work practice doctorate. Now our online format makes us the most accessible.

Our online program offers all the advantages of a world class learning community in a highly interactive, relational, accessible and convenient format. Balancing the rigor of doctoral education with the practical considerations of busy working professionals, our students complete the coursework and dissertation simultaneously, earning the degree in 3 years without career disruption.

The Penn DSW Mission

Graduates of the University of Pennsylvania’s Doctorate in Clinical Social Work program are prepared to:

  1. Design and implement empirically grounded social work interventions.
  2. Conduct sound, evidence-based inquiry on issues of significance to social work practice.
  3. Position themselves as content experts with deep knowledge in at least one chosen area related to social work practice and disseminate this knowledge through teaching, presentation, practice, and scholarly activities.
  4. Serve as educators who teach and engage in course and curriculum development.

The Penn DSW Advantage

We use a combination of campus immersion experiences and online course delivery (videoconferencing) that works for working professionals, wherever they live. Students enjoy an unparalleled educational experience, coming together to interact and learn on an Ivy League campus during the campus immersion experiences.

Technology is used to connect, not to distance. We recognize the importance of relational learning and all of our online course delivery and educational strategies are chosen with an eye toward building knowledge in community.

Renowned faculty from all over the world 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.

Learn from clinical experts, inspired teachers, and real-world scholars and become one yourself.

Program Format

Program Format

Program Format

Courses are taught through a combination of synchronous (real-time) online interactive video instruction and periodic on-campus immersion.

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Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Meet the DSW teaching faculty.

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Admissions & Application

Admissions & Application

Admissions & Application

Review admissions requirements and tuition information for the DSW program.

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Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

Courses engage students in high level learning that challenges them to think methodically, critically, and creatively about social work theory and practice.

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Resources

Resources

Resources

Find resources for current DSW students.

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Contact Information

Contact Information

Contact Information

View contact information for Admissions and DSW program staff.

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FAQs

FAQs

FAQs

View frequently asked questions about SP2's DSW program.

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SP2 News

Faculty & Research, Gifts & Giving

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The 2019 High Impact Giving Guide has been released, offering expert advice on how donors make the most change with philanthropic...

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Alumni Stories

SP2 Alumna to Drive Environmental Volunteerism as New Director of UC Green

Kiasha Huling, a 2008 graduate of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the Penn School of Social Policy...

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Faculty & Research

CWLA and Penn Field Center Publish New Essay Collection: Child Maltreatment in Insular & Isolated Communities

A newly-released online essay collection, the result of a collaboration by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and the...

Alumni Stories

SP2 Celebrates Inaugural Inductees at Alumni Hall of Fame Ceremony

It was an unseasonably cold afternoon in early November, but the space at Slought Foundation was filled with the warmth...

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