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What Is a DSW (Doctor of Social Work)?

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Definition: The doctor of social work (DSW) is a specialized, degree for social workers who wish to gain advanced training in research, supervision, and policy analysis. The course work tends to emphasize research and qualitative and quantitative analysis methods as well practice and supervision issues. Graduates engage in teaching, research, leadership roles, or in private practice (after seeking state licensure). Typically the degree entails 2-4 years of coursework, and a doctoral candidacy examination, followed by dissertation research.

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