University of Southern California Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) | OnlineUniversity of Southern California Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) | OnlineUniversity of Southern California Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) | Online

An advanced practice doctorate in social change and innovation, for agency and community leaders and entrepreneurs.An advanced practice doctorate in social change and innovation, for agency and community leaders and entrepreneurs.An advanced practice doctorate in social change and innovation, for agency and community leaders and entrepreneurs.

  • 28-months track available — Students in the accelerated track can complete the program in seven semesters.
  • Master’s degree required — Prospective students must hold a CSWE-accredited MSW or any master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Lasting social impact — Reduce socioeconomic barriers and other obstacles for children and adults worldwide.

Develop Practical Solutions for Large-Scale Problems

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areas of focus: problem definition, innovative design and executive leadership

100

years of social work education from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

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capstone project prototype created for public communication and implementation

Advance Your Career While Addressing Social Issues

The online DSW at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work prepares experienced professionals to develop practical, applied solutions to large-scale social challenges. By adopting scholarly disciplinary habits through rigorous inquiry and methodological tools, you will become an effective social-change leader. Learn from extraordinary, renowned USC faculty at a top research university1, as you prepare to make a lasting impact by leading public discourse surrounding the social challenges you care about most.

Program Highlights

  • Learn in live, online classes from USC faculty.
  • Develop executive leadership skills for community contexts.
  • Design innovative solutions to large-scale problems.

Unlike other schools of social work offering advanced practice doctorates in clinical practice or teaching, the online DSW at USC is for leaders who seek on-the-ground solutions that directly impact vulnerable, marginalized or otherwise disadvantaged populations. Our graduates are prepared to seek management or executive leadership positions that advance their careers in social work or related human service areas. Additionally, the door is opened to the expansive USC alumni network, offering even more career growth opportunities.

Become a Leading Voice for Social Change

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