Doctor of Social Work

DSW Inaugural Class 2016-2017 - web2

DSW Information Session Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 5:00pm; SO216 (Boca Raton Campus) To RSVP please email Tod Marshall at

Welcome Prospective Doctoral Student:

Thank you for your interest in our Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program at Florida Atlantic University. We are proud to be the first DSW program in the state of Florida!

Our DSW program is a 3-year part-time cohort model for working professionals. Students are expected to remain lockstep with their admitted cohort while completing the course requirements. The program is offered as a hybrid model, with classes delivered online as well as in the live traditional classroom format. In order to accommodate working professionals, classes are scheduled during the evenings and weekends at our Boca Raton campus.

The FAU DSW program is intended to train “Scholarly Clinicians”. The DSW degree reemerged in the early part of the 21st century as a reenvisioned credential. Once the precursor to the PhD in Social Work/Social Welfare in the 20th century, the vision for the new DSW in the age of evidence based practice is to prepare practice oriented clinical leaders and critical thinkers in our field at the doctoral level. Graduates of DSW programs around the country assume positions of leadership in the field in a myriad of roles and settings such as academia, clinical practice, and administration.

Admission to the DSW program is highly selective. In order to apply you must have completed a Master’s of Social Work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or its equivalent. Applicants are expected to have a minimum of 2 years of post-MSW experience prior to applying to the program. It is also expected that you have a current LCSW or its equivalent, license eligibility, or registration as a Florida social work intern or its equivalent. GRE or MAT scores taken within the past 5 years are required. Applicants are expected to apply to the program with a conceptualization of an area of study they would like to pursue for their doctoral capstone project. Cohorts are admitted each year in the Fall semester. The application deadline for the Fall 2017 cohort is February 1, 2017, for international students and April 1, 2017, for domestic applicants. Notification of admission decisions will finish by June 1, 2017.

If you should have any questions about the DSW program, please feel free to contact Dr. Michael Kane at or Dr. Diane Sherman at We also highly encourage you to attend one of our information sessions. We look forward to receiving your application.


Naelys Luna, PhD LCSW
School of Social Work
Florida Atlantic University

Michael Kane, PhD
Co-Coordinator, DSW Program

Diane Sherman, PhD
Co-Coordinator, DSW Program

For more detailed information about our program, please see the following web pages:

For any questions regarding the Doctor of Social Work degree program, please contact Dr. Michael Kane at ( or Dr. Diane Sherman at (

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-2316.