Walla Walla University

School of Social Work

Doctor of Social Work


204 S College Ave

College Place, WA 99324

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

D.S.W - Doctor of Social Work

Format: Online

Program Description:

Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

The Walla Walla University Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology offers a Doctor of Social Work degree that is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The program emphasis is on social work education and leadership with a mission to develop experienced social work practitioners into outstanding educators and leaders who engage in the dissemination of scholarly knowledge to invigorate social work practice and advance social justice.

DSW Learning Objectives include:

  • Engage in systematic inquiry that adheres to scholarly conventions.
  • Use and critically evaluate evidence-based practices.
  • Develop and disseminate practice-relevant knowledge through a variety of channels, such as teaching, administration, scholarship, professional presentations, and mentoring.
  • Develop and maintain substantive expertise in teaching and leadership in social work.
  • Assess the roles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in shaping human experiences and develop intervention strategies.
  • Apply ethical decision making and professional practices.

ADMISSION: Applicants must first meet the minimum expectations set forth in the Graduate Bulletin admissions requirement. Additionally, all applicants must meet the qualifications listed below.

Hold a Master’s degree in social work from a program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or a CSWE recognized international program. Minimum of two years of excellent post-MSW direct practice experience. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in graduate education and 3.0 in undergraduate studies. Professional level skills in the use of technology and reliable internet access. An active license in clinical social work is preferred but not required.

Applications should demonstrate a commitment to teaching and leadership in social work.

DSW Students must complete 68 quarter credits, including 64 credits of core requirements, and 4 credits of electives. Classes are taught in real-time using videoconferencing, online asynchronous course work, and two week-long on-campus summer residencies. Students will engage in professional activities appropriate to doctoral-level candidates, including but not limited to critique, research committee work, research project defense, and collaboration with department faculty. No academic credit may be awarded for life or work experience.

Two TA (teaching assistant) positions are available to top candidates focused on teaching in higher education. These will provide tuition waivers and a stipend. TA's must reside on College Place, WA main campus, we may expand into online TAs in the future.



Eligibility Requirements:

MSW degree and 2 years post-grad experience

International Student Requirements:

same as above

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 68

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1074

Classification: Doctoral Granting

Locale: Remote Town

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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