PhD in Social Work

A PhD in social work or doctorate in social work (DSW) leads to careers in training in research and policy analysis in social work, social services, and human services. DSW or PhD degrees prepare students to conduct research or focus on policy analysis in academic and non-academic research centers. Overall, there difference between a DSW and a PhD in social. The only difference is that some social work graduate schools simply prefer one term to the other.  

Social Work Programs

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  • Walden’s unique MSW program can help you to enhance your knowledge of the field through award-winning case studies and valuable in-person Social Work Skills Lab.
  • Gain real-world knowledge as you learn on-site from practicing professionals.
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  • Walden University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


  • Doctor of Social Work - Family Studies and Interventions
  • Ph.D. in Social Work - Medical Social Work
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The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.


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