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Doctor of Social Work Doctor of Social Work

School of Public Service Leadership

Courses

Total program credits needed for graduation: 71

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

19 Required Courses, 71 quarter credits

PSL7010 21st-Century Communication and Leadership 4 quarter credits
PSL7020* Professional Practice and Collaboration in a Diverse and Dynamic World 4 quarter credits
PSL7030* Introduction to Critical Analysis and Research 4 quarter credits
SWK8015* Advanced Social Work Practice: Theoretical Perspectives 4 quarter credits
SWK8025* Leadership and Management in Complex Social Systems 4 quarter credits
SWK8035* Clinical Theories of Social Work Practice 1 4 quarter credits
SWK8045* Advanced Social Work Practice: Theoretical Perspectives 4 quarter credits
SWK8055* Advanced Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations in Complex Systems 4 quarter credits
SWK8065* Clinical Theories of Social Work Practice 2 4 quarter credits
SWK8075* Advanced Social Work Practitioner as a Leader of Social Change 4 quarter credits
PSL7860* Survey of Research Methods 4 quarter credits
PSL7864* Quantitative Design and Analysis 4 quarter credits
PSL7868* Qualitative Design and Analysis 4 quarter credits
PSL-R8941*† Professional Doctorate Research Seminar for Public Service Leadership Track 1 3 quarter credits
PSL-R8942*† Professional Doctorate Research Seminar for Public Service Leadership Track 2 3 quarter credits

In addition, choose one from the following courses:

PSL8130* Action Research for Public Service Leadership 4 quarter credits
PSL8140* Program Evaluation for Public Service Leadership 4 quarter credits

Upon completion of all required and elective coursework, learners must register for PSL9971 a minimum of three times to fulfill their program requirements.

PL9971* Doctoral Capstone 3 quarter credits

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

† Learners are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.

 

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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