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The Doctor of Social Work (DSW) is an academic degree for experienced social work practitioners who wish to further their careers by gaining training in advanced practice, research and/or policy analysis (although some DSW recipients are not social workers). Much of the course work emphasizes qualitiative and quantitative analysis methods. The degree typically leads to teaching, research, leadership roles in agencies, or self-employed social work practice. A degree is any of a wide range of status levels conferred by institutions of higher education, such as universities, normally as the result of successfully completing a program of study. ...

The DSW has become less popular and less respected in the past several decades, as most of the top ranked Schools of Social Work now offer only Ph.D. research programs in social work. Of concern has been the movement to retroactively change DSWs to Ph.D.s without requiring any additional academic work. This movement has called into question social workers' understanding of professional v. academic degrees as well as raising questions about the universities that allow such a manipulation. Currently, the Council on Social Work Education does not accredit DSW or Ph.D. programs. It only accredits Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association for social work education in the United States of America. ... For other degrees, see Academic degree. ... The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a type of masters degree which is received from a graduate school that has been approved by the Council on Social Work Education. ...

External links

  • Council on Social Work Education
  • The New Social Worker Magazine

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