The Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) prepares practitioners to navigate the complexities of a contemporary practice landscape by providing practitioners with education and experiences congruent with advanced practice proficiency among specialized populations. Social workers with DSW degrees are often leaders in the profession in areas of practice, policy, and scholarship and are well-qualified to serve in higher-level administrative positions. Many also assume academic positions and make substantive contributions to the knowledge base of the profession.
The DSW at the University of Kentucky was conceptualized with practitioners in mind. This high-quality, rigorous program is aimed at ensuring that practitioners are ready for the contemporary practice realities of the social work profession.
Our DSW program utilizes an innovative Core Plus model that offers students a flexible, affordable, and efficient way to earn their degree. Courses are taught online through asynchronous models. The Core Plus approach offers flexibility, allowing learners to progress through the program at their own pace, while the cohort model and virtual residency week foster support via concentrated time with classmates and faculty. Beyond the core curriculum, students will select one of four concentrations: Administrative Leadership, Clinical Social Work, Military Behavioral Health, or Social Work Education.
From start to end, students can complete the DSW degree full-time in two years, or part-time in three years. The preparation will contribute to fostering the development of a cadre of practitioners adeptly trained to address social challenges in the Commonwealth and beyond.