Online Doctorate of Social Work Degrees & DSW Programs
Social work education at the doctoral level prepares you for jobs at the pinnacle of this field – governmental policy-making positions, research appointments and university professorships.
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Alaska Pacific UniversityUndergraduate
Alderson Broaddus UniversityUndergraduate
Anna Maria CollegeUndergraduate
Anna Maria CollegeOnline
Auburn University, AL
Baldwin Wallace UniversityUndergraduate
Ball State UniversityUndergraduate
Ball State UniversityOnline
Bard College at Simon's RockUndergraduate
Great Barrington, MA
North Newton, KS
Chestnut Hill, MA
Mount Vernon, GA
California State University--FullertonUndergraduate
California State University--Long BeachUndergraduate
Long Beach, CA
California State University--Monterey BayUndergraduate
California State University--SacramentoUndergraduate
California State University--San BernardinoUndergraduate
San Bernardino, CA
California State University--San MarcosUndergraduate
San Marcos, CA
Calumet College of St. JosephUndergraduate
Central Michigan UniversityUndergraduate
Mount Pleasant, MI
Central Michigan UniversityOnline
Central Washington UniversityUndergraduate
Central Washington UniversityOnline
Chestnut Hill CollegeUndergraduate
College of St. JosephUndergraduate
College of St. MaryUndergraduate
College of the AtlanticUndergraduate
Bar Harbor, ME
Concordia University--St. PaulUndergraduate
St. Paul, MN
Concordia University--St. PaulOnline
New London, CT
Coppin State UniversityUndergraduate
St. Bonifacius, MN
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Complete Your DSW Degree Program Online
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that overall employment of social workers is expected to increase by about 25% through 2020. This is faster than the average for all professions.
Holding a Doctorate in Social Work qualifies you to teach at the university level. As with many other professions, achieving a higher level of education typically means better job opportunities for social workers, so completing doctorate-level study can translate into a lifetime of lucrative, rewarding and secure employment.
Careers in Social Work
Social workers generally are divided into two groups: direct-service social workers who work with people to cope with issues that come up in everyday life, and clinical social workers who are trained to diagnose and treat mental, behavorial and emotional health issues.
Direct-service social workers work directly with people who need social services, assessing their needs and directing them to the services suited for their needs. Examples of situations in which a direct-service social worker would become involved include those suffering through illness, losing a job, a death of someone near to them or divorce. Direct-service health workers continue to monitor patients to ensure treatment is effective.
Clinical social workers provide therapy to individuals and groups, helping them cope with issues such as depression and anxiety. Many of them work in private practice.
Both direct-service and clinical social workers often focus on particular areas in which to work, including family counseling, child counseling, school social work and healthcare.
Online Social Work Degree Programs
Social work degrees are available in both traditional on-campus settings and online. Online classes have increased in popularity because they allow students to schedule class time around their work and family schedules.
A DSW Degree - doctorate in social work - prepares you for university professorships and research appointments. Earning your DSW typically takes from four to six years of post-baccalaureate study, and also involves additional social work training, such as internships and volunteer work.
In addition to completing your social work education, all states have certification, licensing or registration requirements you must meet to practice this profession.