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Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

You have a vision for changing the world—how will you implement it?

Now more than ever, the profession of social work needs leaders. With executive roles being vacated at an unprecedented pace, the door is open for passionate practitioners to step up and make their mark on the world.

Monmouth’s Doctor of Social Work (DSW) in Human Rights Leadership prepares you to be an agent of change at the executive level. You will learn to design, evaluate, and implement effective human rights programs and policies that positively impact individuals and communities. Our DSW features a practice-based curriculum that consists of 48-credits and is delivered online through synchronous courses. With a program cohort of only 15 students, annual residency programs, and faculty mentorship opportunities, our students benefit from an intensely personalized and collaborative learning experience.

You will study with experienced Monmouth faculty as well as international professors who provide an additional global perspective on the profession of social work. Our deep connections to the United Nations and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) at Monmouth will help you grow your professional network at the national and global level.

Course work is interdisciplinary and includes your choice of electives from graduate programs across the University in areas including education, nursing, history and anthropology, geography, and political science.

Throughout the program, you will develop a multimedia portfolio and collaborate with a faculty mentor to propose and implement a human rights leadership capstone project. Graduates will leave with a publishable artifact and will be prepared to pave the way in the profession of social work by progressing human rights on local, national, and global levels.

The application deadline for the Fall 2023 cohort is January 15, 2023. We offer a Fall-start only, with a week-long on campus residency in mid-August. Please review the application requirements for more information about the application process.