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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 Doctor 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 and in-person residencies focused on the development of innovative ideas.

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Curriculum Overview

The DSW curriculum focuses on two primary areas: innovation and leadership, and advanced management practice in complex systems. Students explore topics such as organizational leadership, technological fluency, public discourse and data-driven decision making during core courses and seminars. The program culminates in a capstone project in which students present an original solution for one of the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work.

Featured Courses:

  • Evaluating Innovation and Change
  • Informatics and Social Innovation
  • Leading and Managing 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 24 months