Doctor of Social Work

Thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program at the FAU Phyllis & Harvey Sandler School of Social Work. We are proud to be the first DSW program in the state of Florida and look forward to welcoming you here.

DSW Program Structure

Our DSW program is offered on our Boca Raton campus as a three-year cohort model with convenient late afternoon and evening courses, ideal for working professionals.  All DSW students stay in lockstep with their admitted cohort for the duration of the three-year program, enabling them to thrive in a close-knit community of their peers.

DSW vs. Ph.D.

The DSW was once known as the precursor to the Social Work/Social Welfare Ph.D. in the 20th century.  In the early 2000s, it re-emerged as a completely re-envisioned doctoral credential that is well suited for our modern age of evidence-based practice.  The DSW course curriculum is intended to train scholarly clinicians for practice-oriented leadership so graduates of the program can assume positions of leadership in a myriad of roles and settings such as clinical practice, academia and administration.

Applying for Your DSW Degree

Cohorts are admitted each year in the Fall semester. The application deadline for the Fall 2020 cohort is February 1, 2020 for international students and April 1, 2020 for domestic applicants. All admitted DSW students will receive notice of their acceptance by June 1, 2020. View application requirements

How to Learn More

We invite you to attend our next DSW Information Session on November 21, 2019 at 6 PM in the Social Science Building, Room 304 where you will have the opportunity to meet our program coordinator Dr. Manny Gonzalez and dive deeper into the program details.  Please RSVP to Dr. Gonzalez at mannygonzalez@fau.edu or by phone at (561) 297-3881.

We look forward to receiving your application!


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


Graduate Admission Advisement

For questions about admission into the DSW program, please contact Mr. Brandon Johnson (Doctoral Program Graduate Advisor) at 561-297-4137 (email: johnsonb@fau.edu).