Clinical Expert, Inspired Teacher, Real-World Scholar

  • Jennifer A. King

    Alumni Stories

    “I Caught the Teaching Bug”: DSW Alumna Jennifer King Shares Her Unexpected Career Path

    As Jennifer A. King, a 2015 alumna of the Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) can attest, pursuing a DSW degree offers the opportunity for social... Read More

  • Jennifer Plumb

    Alumni Stories

    What I Did With My DSW Degree: Jennifer Plumb

    For years, social work professionals have furthered their careers as innovators, educators, and leaders in the field with degree programs such as the Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW). An online hybrid program offered by... Read More

  • Alumni Stories

    What I Did With My DSW Degree: Jack B. Lewis

    For years, social work professionals have furthered their careers as innovators, educators, and leaders in the field with degree programs such as the Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW). An online hybrid program offered by... Read More

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

SP2 Faculty Member Testifies Before Congress on Competition in U.S. Labor Markets

Ioana Marinescu, PhD, assistant professor at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, recently provided testimonial before Congress during a...

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Faculty & Research, Gifts & Giving

A Philanthropic Approach to Strengthening Democracy

For the past several decades, there’s been a marked decline in how much U.S. citizens trust the country’s democratic process....

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Student Life, Global Engagement

MSW Student Reflects on Transformative Experience in India

Prior to enrolling in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2),...

Dr. Jerri Bourjolly

Faculty & Research, Student Life

SP2 Task Force on Race and Social Justice

Earlier this year, Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) launched the SP2 Task Force on Race and Social...

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