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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I work full time?
Most programs are structured to enable students to work full time while pursuing their degrees.
Do I need an MSW?
The great majority of programs require an MSW and two years post-MSW experience to enroll.
At this time, there is no plan among agencies, licensing boards or NASW to replace the MSW as the degree needed to practice.
Will the DSW replace the MSW?
Can I teach at a college with a DSW ?
Yes, however, if you are seeking a tenure track faculty position at a research intensive university, you will need a Ph.D.
Is the degree respected?
Increasingly, the DSW is seen as an important degree in educational, medical, and agency settings.
Will I earn more money?
Potentially through new leadership opportunities as well as book deals, workshops and conference opportunities.
Is the degree easy to earn?
No. If you are looking for an easy doctorate do not select the DSW.
What if my GPA is low?
Don't count yourself out. Contact the program and ask directly if you can apply with your GPA.
Is it a research-based degree?
For the most part, DSW degrees focus on clinical, teaching, and administrative skills.
Is the DSW accredited?
Yes. DSW programs are regionally accredited. Standards for the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation are expected to be piloted in the coming year.
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