FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Can I work full time?

Most programs are structured to enable students to work full time while pursuing their degrees.
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Do I need an MSW?

The great majority of programs require an MSW and two years post-MSW experience to enroll.
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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?

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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.
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Is the degree respected?

Increasingly, the DSW is seen as an important degree in educational, medical, and agency settings.
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Will I earn more money?

Potentially through new leadership opportunities as well as book deals, workshops and conference opportunities.
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Is the degree easy to earn?

No. If you are looking for an easy doctorate do not select the DSW. 
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What if my GPA is low?

Don't count yourself out. Contact the program and ask directly if you can apply with your GPA.
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Is it a research-based degree?

For the most part, DSW degrees focus on clinical, teaching, and administrative skills.
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Is the DSW accredited? 

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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.