Program Administration

The Doctorate in Social Work Program is administered by the DSW Governance Committee, which monitors the program, recommends changes in policies and procedures, and serves as the Admissions Committee. The DSW Governance Committee is composed of three SP2 standing faculty members, one DSW adjunct faculty member, the Director of the DSW Program, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Enrollment Management, and two student representatives.

Basic Requirements

Basic Requirements

Basic Requirements

The DSW degree requires the completion of 14 credit units (CU’s).

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Transfer Students

Transfer Students

Transfer Students

In some cases students may apply to the program while a doctoral student in another program.

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Dissertation

Dissertation

Dissertation

In collaboration with their Dissertation Mentor, students begin developing a dissertation topic in the first semester of the DSW program.

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Dissertation Advisor

Dissertation Advisor

Dissertation Advisor

Upon entering the Program, each student is assigned a Dissertation Advisor who assists the student with all phases of dissertation work.

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Evaluations and Examinations

Evaluations and Examinations

Evaluations and Examinations

Three milestone examinations/evaluations must be passed by all DSW students.

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Academic Progress

Academic Progress

Academic Progress

Evaluations of the student’s work for the courses, dissertation seminars, or modules should be provided to the student at appropriate intervals during each term.

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Grades and Academic Standing

Grades and Academic Standing

Grades and Academic Standing

Students in the four core courses: Research Methods, Qualitative Research, Clinical Theory I, Clinical Theory II, receive letter grades.

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Tuition and Tuition Assistance

Tuition and Tuition Assistance

Tuition and Tuition Assistance

Review information regarding tuition and tuition assistance.

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Registration, Billing, and Fee Payments

Registration, Billing, and Fee Payments

Registration, Billing, and Fee Payments

Find information related to course registration, billing, and fee payments.

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Special Rules

Special Rules

Special Rules

Review information related to finances, leaves of absence, withdrawals, and more.

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Grievances and Appeals

Grievances and Appeals

Grievances and Appeals

Where faculty or students find such normal channels fail to resolve differences that will affect the status of the student, either or both may ask for consideration of such differences by the Director.

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Code of Academic Integrity & Related Policies & Procedures

Code of Academic Integrity & Related Policies & Procedures

Code of Academic Integrity & Related Policies & Procedures

The University has a well-articulated set of policies and procedures pertaining to the academic and professional conduct of graduate students.

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