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Doctoral Programs


Doctor of Social Work (DSW) in Clinical Practice and Leadership

Geared toward working professionals, the DSW is an intensive accelerated program that enables students to satisfy all degree requirements in three years, without career disruption. The DSW program is a professional practice degree – designed to prepare students for advanced clinical practice and advanced practice leadership – and is offered in an online format where students who are full-time working clinical social workers can continue in their on-going clinical practice while studying to earn their doctorate degree.

While in the program, students complete two classes per semester across eight continuous semesters. All DSW students come to campus for one week each summer for a period of on-campus focused study.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Work

The College of Social Work offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree with a major in social work. The goal of the PhD program is to train researchers and teachers who can work in a variety of settings to develop and disseminate knowledge about interventions, programs, and policies that will be used by professional social workers.

Students who go through the PhD program will receive extensive training in research methods and statistics and will critically examine issues relevant to social work practice at both the micro and macro levels. PhD students take classes on campus in Knoxville for two years and then work on their dissertation.

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