The DSW degree requires the completion of 14 credit units (CU’s). For students transferring from another doctoral program, a maximum of two (2) units of academic credit can be transferred into the Program with the written approval of the DSW Program Director. Students must possess the Master of Social Work degree from an accredited institution before they may be accepted into the DSW program.
Students must pass written preliminary examinations in research methods and clinical theory after completing the first four (4) required core courses. Failing these exams will automatically expel students from the program. There will be a chance for one make-up exam before such expulsions are final.
The core curriculum consists of five courses:
- Clinical Social Work Theory I
- Clinical Social Work Theory II
- Foundations of Clinical Research
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Applied Statistics
Beginning in the first year, students complete a series of dissertation seminars and tutorials that accompany their dissertation work.
There are thirteen (13) modules and 4 (four) proseminars that cover topics related to the practice and teaching of clinical social work.