The Online Doctorate of Social Work at USC

An Accelerated Degree Offered By Top-Ranked USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work: a top-ranked graduate school by U.S. News & World Report (2020). 1

The professional, online Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers an advanced practice doctorate in social change and innovation for agency and community leaders and entrepreneurs.

Developed and delivered by USC’s seasoned social work faculty, the online DSW program prepares experienced professionals to develop practical, applied solutions to large-scale social challenges that directly impact vulnerable, marginalized or otherwise disadvantaged populations.

The DSW@USC At-a-Glance

The Standard Track (42 units):

  • Complete in 9 semesters (36 months).
  • Register for 2 courses (6 units) over 6 semesters.
  • Enroll in the Capstone Project for the last 3 semesters.

The Accelerated Track (42 units):

  • Complete in 7 semesters (28 months).
  • Register for 3 courses (9 units) over 4 semesters.
  • Enroll in the Capstone Project for the last 3 semesters.

The USC Experience — Delivered Online

As a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) student, you will complete 42 units of coursework focused on three areas:

  • Discuss innovative design strategies, social innovation and more in HD-streaming, live online classes each week
  • Develop executive leadership in human service organizations and community contexts
  • Present a capstone project that proposes an innovative, actionable solution to one of the 12 Grand Challenges of Social Work
Master’s Degree
Required
No GRE
Required

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If you’re committed to solving today’s social challenges and driving large-scale change, learn more about earning your DSW online at USC. Fill out this brief form to receive more information about the program from our admissions team..