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 builds on the signature strengths of the school’s trauma-informed and human rights (TI-HR) perspective, and is aimed at experienced social workers with a desire to advance their professional practice. DSW students will have the opportunity to build knowledge and learn to more effectively incorporate these concepts into the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based treatments with vulnerable populations. As a part-time, fully online program that is accessible to students regardless of geographic location, the DSW capitalizes on the latest digital technologies to innovate social work education and practice.
The DSW 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.
The following highlight the three fundamental aspects that make our online DSW program unique:
*Electives: Students are required to complete a total of two, 3-credit electives throughout the DSW program. These electives will be selected in consultation with the DSW Program Director. Electives 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.
Suggested electives include:
SW 623 Neurobiology and Psychopharmacology in Social Work Practice
SW XXX Teaching and Pedagogy
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:
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 2021 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.