We are hoping to enroll our inaugural DSW class to begin in fall of 2019.

About the Program

Our online DSW program is grounded in a trauma-informed and human rights (TI-HR) perspective that emphasizes the use of best practice interventions within clinical practice. Using implementation science as a framework, students develop knowledge on strategies to integrate and apply research into practice, assess and execute clearly defined treatment goals that incorporate TI-HR concepts, and evaluate evidence-based treatments in direct practice settings.

The program is intended for experienced social work practitioners with access to a client population. Graduates are prepared to assume leadership in the dissemination of advanced social work practice knowledge and skills, and contribute to bringing a TI-HR perspective into practice.​


  • Credit hours: 39
  • Program length: 3 years (7 semesters), part-time
  • Program start: Fall semester

Year 1

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Year 2

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Year 3

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

*Electives: Students take electives to expand their knowledge and skills in advanced clinical practice and professional development. Electives may be taken in the School of Social Work, in other departments, or outside of UB with approval by the student’s advisor.

The program will offer special topics each semester that provide knowledge and skills in advanced evidence-based interventions and professional development. Special Topics will reflect advanced clinical practice at the doctoral level and may be cross-registered with the MSW program with the approval of the Director of the MSW Program and the Director of the DSW Program.

Online Course Delivery Methods

  • The DSW will require a mandatory on-campus orientation session, but the coursework itself can be completed without physically coming to campus.
  • Online courses can have both synchronous and asynchronous components to them. Synchronous sessions will require students to log on at a specific day and time for live video sessions, while asynchronous means students have the flexibility to complete required work within a prescribed time frame and deadline. Faculty members will advise students on the number of synchronous sessions required in any course. 

Tuition and Cost of Attendance

Tuition rates have not yet officially been approved for this program, but the proposed tuition rate will be posted here as soon as it is available.

DSW students will be able to apply for financial aid via the FAFSA.  

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