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DSW Academics

Program of Study

The DSW curriculum consists of six semesters of coursework over two calendar years, followed by two semesters of dedicated work on the Advanced Clinical Project during the third and final year. Qualifying exams are administered during the sixth and last semester of coursework, and must be successfully completed in order to advance to candidacy for graduation.

 

Core Coursework

During their first two years, students will take courses in social work theory, practice and methods. Each semester includes two courses and an independent study during which the student will work with an academic advisor to develop their Advanced Clinical Project concept.

DSW courses are be taught by Tulane School of Social Work faculty as well as select nationally prominent social work scholars. For a list of courses, please review our program of study.

Classes taught by visiting professors will vary by year and their formats may be adapted to maximize offerings.

Program of Study

YEAR 1

Semester Course Title Credit Hours
Fall Scholarship of Practice in the Policy Context 4
  Research Methods, Development & Implementation 4
  Advanced Clinical Project (ACP) Research 1
Spring Historical Approaches to Social Welfare 4
  Intro to Quantitative Methods for Services Outcome Research 4
  Advanced Clinical Project (ACP) Research 1
Summer Social Work Theory, Practice Models & Methods 4
  Intro to Qualitative & Interpretive Approaches to Human Inquiry 4
  Advanced Clinical Project (ACP) Research 1

YEAR 2

Semester Course Title Credit Hours
Fall Designs for Clinical-Community Practice Research 4
  Advanced Clinical Project Dev. Seminar I 4
  Advanced Clinical Project (ACP) Research 1
Spring Applied Social Statistics 4
  Measuring Social Phenomena: Social and Economic Problems 4
  Advanced Clinical Project Seminar 1
Summer Qualifying Exams 4
  Advanced Clinical Project Dev. Seminar II 4
  Advanced Clinical Project (ACP) Research 1

YEAR 3

Semester Course Title Credit Hours
Fall Advanced Clinical Project (ACP) Research 1
Spring Advanced Clinical Project (ACP) Research 1
Qualifying Examination

After completing the core curriculum, each student will be required to successfully complete a written Qualifying Examination in order to qualify for the rest of the curriculum and the advanced clinical project.

Qualifying exams are divided into three areas: Policy, Research and Theory.

Performance on the Qualifying Examination should demonstrate the student's knowledge of concepts, constructs, and major themes derived from the core curriculum and current social work literature.

Advanced Clinical Project

Students are encouraged to develop a possible topic for their advanced clinical project early in their doctoral study. Once a topic has been selected, a three-member committee will review a formal proposal and provide feedback to the student. Final approval of the proposal as fulfillment of a requirement for candidacy for the degree is granted only upon fulfillment of all other requirements for candidacy, including 56 hours of required courses, passing the Qualifying Examination, and successful defense of the proposed project.

Program Faculty

DSW courses are by Tulane School of Social Work professors and visiting faculty from a variety of social science disciplines, including social work, sociology, urban studies and psychology. Our visiting faculty are nationally renowned experts in their field, bringing with them expertise in grant-writing, program evaluation, academic publication and public policy.

2017 DSW Courses