Program Description — Doctor of Social Work

Program Options

The School of Social Work offers the D.S.W. program on an evening and/or weekend basis. The program requires 64 total semester hours. The D.S.W. program is offered on both the Aurora campus and George Williams College campus.

Clinical Seminar and Clinical Oral Requirements

In the fall semester of the first year, the doctoral student will consult with the Chair of the D.S.W. program to secure a clinical internship. The internship will begin in the spring semester of the first year in the doctoral program and run for four consecutive semesters. In addition to a four-course clinical seminar sequence, the doctoral student is required to concurrently spend eight hours a week in an internship, including one hour of weekly supervision. With the approval of the Chair of the D.S.W. program, the doctoral student may use a current place of employment for the internship.

At the end of the four-course sequence, the doctoral student will construct a comprehensive paper describing the client being presented in a clinical oral examination. This paper will be distributed to the clinical oral committee consisting of the doctoral student's clinical internship supervisor, the professor from the fourth clinical seminar, and a social work faculty member chosen by the student and approved by the Chair. The doctoral student will present a clinical case to the committee, demonstrating mastery of a particular clinical theory and its application in clinical practice. The committee will cast a vote of pass or fail at the completion of the clinical oral and discussion. The doctoral student will need at least two out of three favorable votes to pass.

Comprehensive Exam

Once the first two years of required clinical and policy courses have been completed, doctoral students must pass a written comprehensive exam on that material. Once they have passed the exam, they are accepted into doctoral candidacy and may begin their research course sequence and progress toward their dissertation.

Doctor of Social Work Handbook

For more information on the Doctor of Social Work program, download the DSW handbook.