Doctor of Social Work Program

 We are proud to introduce the new Doctor of Social Work program.


To prepare practitioner-scholars who can generate new social work knowledge and respond to increasingly complex practice environments.

The DSW program learning outcomes are to:
1) Evaluate social work services and practice environments using twenty-first century skills in data-driven analysis and informatics.
2) Demonstrate social work leadership and management skills to respond to complex practice environments locally, nationally, and globally.
3) Educate the next generation of social workers through supervision and training to be leaders
in a changing practice environment.
4) Demonstrate leadership skills in interdisciplinary environments in collaboration with diverse clients and communities.
5) Contribute to social work knowledge through research and practice.

View  DSW Student Handbook here for more information DSW Student Handbook


3 years, 48 credit hours online (30 hours of required courses, 12 hours of electives, & 6 hours of dissertation)
Coursework in: statistics, research, evaluation, management, and supervision.
Electives may be used to pursue additional coursework or certificates in: teaching, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, or clinical methods

Admissions Eligibility

An MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program
A minimum of two-year post-MSW work experiences

How to Apply for the Doctor of Social Work

A completed application to the Graduate School
Non-refundable fee ($35 domestic, $60 international)
Official transcripts from ALL universities you have attended (MSW degree required)
Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score and TOEFL score (if international)
Three professional references on the online application
Completed professional goal statement (submitted as part of the online application)
A writing sample (optional)
We are currently only accepting applications for the Fall semester

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Find the DSW application under College/School: "College of Arts and Sciences, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy".

DSW Information 

More information about the DSW program and the application can be found in this video.

DSW Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. In order to be considered for the University of Memphis School of Social Work DSW program, you must have an MSW degree from an accredited institution.

You must have at least 2 years post-MSW experience before you can be considered for the DSW program.

Yes.  In order to complete the application for the DSW program, you will need to take and submit your scores for the GRE.

If you have additional questions about the DSW program, you can contact Dr. Melissa Hirschi, mhirschi@memphis.edu.

If you have questions about the application you can contact the Graduate Admissions Customer Service at 617-612-2943 (8am - 4pm, Monday - Friday, CST) or email: uofmgradunicas@liaisoncas.com.

To apply for the DSW program, you will need to complete an application.  The application can be found https://www.memphis.edu/graduateadmissions/future/apply_grad.php.  You will find the DSW application under College/School: "College of Arts and Sciences, School of urban Affairs and Public Policy".

Tuition and Fees

For the most current information regarding tuition, visit the University & Student Business Services.

 Financial Aid and Scholarships can be found here.


Current DSW Students


Contact Information

The Social Work main office is located in 208 McCord Hall. The general contact information for administrators of the program is as follows:

School Chair Susan Neely-Barnes 901.678.3438 snlybrns@memphis.edu
Program Director Melissa Hirschi 901.678.2646 mhirschi@memphis.edu
Administrative Associate Valerie Wince 901.678.2673 vwince@memphis.edu
Social Work Main Office   901.678.2616