Program Description — Doctor of Social Work

Program Options

George Williams College offers the DSW program during extended weekends throughout the year. The program requires 64 semester hours and must be completed in five years.

Clinical Seminar and Clinical Oral Requirements

In the fall semester of the first year, the doctoral student will consult with the Director of the DSW program to secure his or her clinical internship. The clinical internship will begin in the spring semester of the first year in the doctoral program, and run for four consecutive semesters. In addition to a four-course Clinical Seminar sequence, the doctoral student is required to concurrently spend eight hours a week in an internship, including one hour of weekly supervision. With the approval of the Director of the DSW program, the doctoral student may use a current place of employment for the internship.

Comprehensive Examination

Once the first two years of required clinical and policy courses have been completed, doctoral students must pass a written comprehensive examination on that material. Once a student has passed the examination, he or she is accepted into doctoral candidacy and may begin his/her research course sequence and progress toward his/her dissertation.

Dissertation Process

Once the doctoral student has successfully completed the clinical internship, passed the clinical oral, and passed the comprehensive exam, he/she may begin the dissertation process. The doctoral student will secure a dissertation chair approved by the doctoral director and for a dissertation committee. The student will then embark upon the clinical dissertation. This includes successfully completing the four-course research sequence, developing a successful clinical dissertation proposal, securing university Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, gathering and analyzing data, and defending the complete clinical dissertation.

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