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Professionals seeking leadership or management roles that challenge them to solve large-scale social problems are encouraged to apply to USC’s online Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) program, the DSW@USC. The online program prepares students from diverse academic backgrounds to make a lasting social impact as they seek to eradicate violence, homelessness, economic inequality and other pervasive issues.

The DSW@USC is delivered through online classes and coursework focused on the development of innovative ideas.

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Curriculum Overview

The Standard Track (42 units):

  • Complete in 9 semesters.
  • Register for 2 courses (6 units) over 6 semesters.
  • Enroll in the Capstone Project for the last 3 semesters.

The Accelerated Track (42 units):

  • Complete in 7 semesters.
  • Register for 3 courses (9 units) over 4 semesters.
  • Enroll in the Capstone Project for the last 3 semesters.

Featured Courses:

  • Strategic Innovations for the Grand Challenges
  • Communication and Influence for Social Good
  • Leading and Managing Large Complex Systems
  • Financial Management for Social Change
  • Data-Drive Decision Making in Social Services


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University of Southern California's
Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Program Strucutre: Weekly, live online classes
Accreditation Status: WASC Accredited
Program Length: Can be completed in 28 months