The UB School of Social Work is proud to announce the Online Part-Time Doctor of Social Work (DSW) in Social Welfare Program!
Our 39-credit DSW program is aimed at experienced social workers with a desire to advance their professional practice and address research-to-practice gaps through the application of implementation science. DSW students will learn to effectively integrate evidence into the practice setting to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our program incorporates the signature strengths of the school’s trauma-informed and human rights (TI-HR) perspective into the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based treatments with vulnerable populations.
As a part-time, fully online program, the DSW capitalizes on the latest digital technologies to innovate social work education and practice. Graduates are prepared to assume leadership in the implementation and dissemination of advanced social work practice and contribute to advancing equity and bringing a TI-HR perspective into practice.
Based on coursework and knowledge gained within the program, students implement a Capstone Project in their agency with a target population.
Three fundamental aspects make our online DSW program unique:
*Electives: Students must complete one 3-credit elective throughout the DSW program. The elective will be selected in consultation with the DSW Program Director. The elective should have a direct relevance to the student’s substantive area and/or enable the student to expand pedagogical skills. In any case, students should have a clear rationale for electives they select.
In general, electives should be taken at the graduate level and from within the UBSSW DSW or Master of Social Work (MSW) program. In order to take a MSW course for DSW elective credit:
The Capstone Project is a four-semester process incorporating implementation science principles and strategies to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based interventions in direct practice settings and advance the trauma-informed human rights perspective. Under guidance from DSW program faculty, students independently identify and pursue a problem, intervention, and implementation research question(s) of their choice. They then implement the intervention at their agency with a target population. The target population can include clients, practitioners, administrators, volunteers, and/or other individuals associated with or served by the student’s agency.
During the first two semesters of the four semester Capstone Project, students will develop an Implementation Research Project Proposal. The proposal must include a literature review; theory, model and/or conceptual framework; implementation science strategies; methodology; analytic strategy; and timeline for completion of work. Students will also need to complete requisite university Institutional Review Board (IRB) steps as well as obtain any agency required IRB (if applicable).
Provided faculty approval is granted, students will move forward with the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination phase of their Capstone Project during their last two semesters. With faculty support, students implement their proposed project, collect and analyze data, and critically evaluate their results. Students must develop and submit a Capstone Project Final Paper which is a written description of their project. The assignment is designed to provide students with a product that will provide the basis for a manuscript for publication or other means of dissemination.
Select DSW courses are approved for NYSED social work contact hours to renew your license registration. If you have a license in another state, check with your state regulatory board to determine if NY hours will be accepted in your state. Each of the 3-credit online DSW courses listed on the form is approved for 45 NYSED live online social work contact hours.
Use the form below to request a contact hours certificate upon completion of DSW coursework.
Approved tuition rates for fall 2023 are as follows.
DSW students will be required to purchase a stand-alone virtual reality headset that will be used throughout the DSW program. The estimated cost is $300-$400. Details on the specific headset to be purchased will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
DSW students can apply for financial aid via the FAFSA.