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Doctorate in Social Work

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Program of Study

The DSW curriculum is designed to allow students to complete all coursework within three years, while also maintaining full-time employment during the day. In the first year of study, classes are scheduled two evenings a week from 5 to 9 p.m. In the second and third year of classes, classes are scheduled in once a month sessions beginning on Thursday afternoon and running through Saturday afternoon.

The program has three major components:

| Core Coursework | Qualifying Examination | Advanced Clinical Project


 During academic years one and two, students will complete their core coursework. After their second academic year, they will take their Qualifying Examination, typically given in May, and following successful completion of the exam, they will begin their advanced clinical project.




Core Coursework


 

 

YEAR 1

Semester

Courses

Advanced Clinical Project

Fall

·    Scholarship of Practice in the Policy Context (SW 9972)

·    Research Methods, Development & Implementation (SW 9951)

Consider Topic

Spring

·    Historical Approaches to Social Welfare (SW 9971)

·    Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Services Outcome Research (SW 9941)

Finalize Topic

Develop Research Questions

Summer

·    Social Work Theory, Practice Models & Methods (SW 9961)

·    Introduction to Qualitative and Interpretive Approaches to Human Inquiry (SW 9942)

Begin Literature Review

Develop Research Design

 

YEAR 2

Semester

Course

Advanced Clinical Project

Fall

·    Designs for Clinical-Community Practice Research (SW 9955)

·    Advanced Clinical Project Dev. Seminar I (SW 9994)

Complete Lit. Review

Spring

·    Applied Social Statistics (SW 9943)

·    Measuring Social Phenomena: Social and Economic Problems (SW 9980)

Begin Writing

Advanced Clinical

Project Proposal

Summer

·    Qualifying Exams

·    Advanced Clinical Project Dev. Seminar II (SW 9995)

Defend Proposal 

Data Collection


YEAR 3

Semester

Course

Advanced Clinical Project

Fall

·    Elective (TBD with student input)

Data Analysis

Draft Findings

Spring

·    Integrative Seminar

Finalize Conclusions 

Defend Project

  TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS: 56

 

 

Qualifying Examination


After completing the Core Curriculum, each student is required to successfully complete a written Qualifying Examination in order to qualify for the rest of the curriculum and the advanced clinical project. Performance on the Qualifying Examination should demonstrate the student’s knowledge of concepts, constructs and major theories, and research methods derived from knowledge covered in the Core Curriculum and current social work literature.The examination should test the student’s ability to analyze advanced clinical practice problems and ideas. It is expected that preparation for the examination will also assist the student in integrating the material studied in the core curriculum.

 

 

Advanced Clinical Project


Students are encouraged to develop a possible topic for their advanced clinical project early in their doctoral study. Once a topic has been selected, a three-member committee will review a formal proposal and provide feedback to the student. Final approval of the proposal as fulfillment of a requirement for candidacy for the degree is granted only upon fulfillment of all other requirements for candidacy, including 56 hours of required courses, passing the Qualifying Examination, and successful defense of the proposed project.

 

 

Tulane School of Social Work, 6823 St. Charles Ave., Building 9, New Orleans, LA 70118 800-631-8234 msw@tulane.edu