Doctor of Social Work – Plan of Study and Courses

This course of study is tentative and subject to change.

YearFall SemesterSpring SemesterSummer Semester
1Clinical Social Work Research and Statistics
[SOW 7433, 3 credits]

Theories and Epistemology of Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice
[SOW 7757, 3 credits]
Advanced Clinical Social Work Research and Statistics
[SOW 7494, 4 credits]

Advanced Clinical Social Work: Evidence-Based Practice with Individuals
[SOW 7424, 3 credits]
Behavioral Science Statistics in Advanced Clinical Social Work
[SOW 7417, 3 credits]

Qualitative Research in Clinical Social Work
[SOW 7496, 3 credits]
2Advanced Clinical Social Work: Research Proposal
[SOW 7498, 4 credits]

Emerging Theories and Methods in Clinical Social Work Practice
[SOW 7698, 3 credits]
Social Work Pedagogy
[SOW 7776, 3 credits]

Psychopathology in Advanced Clinical Social Work
[SOW 7129, 3 credits]
Interpersonal Neuroscience and Advanced Clinical Social Work
[SOW 7696, 3 credits]

Advanced Clinical Social Work: Evidence-Based Practice with Groups
[SOW 7328, 3 credits]
3Advanced Clinical Social Work: Evidence-Based Practice with Families and Couples
[SOW 7368, 3 credits]

Clinical Social Work Supervision, and Administration
[SOW 7619, 3 credits]
Advanced Clinical Social Work: Capstone
[SOW 7910, 3 credits]

Advanced Clinical Social Work Practicum
[SOW 7940, 3 credits]

Plan of Study and Courses: Capstone Research Project Requirement

Conducting clinical practice research is a significant component of the doctoral program; therefore, in addition to the successful completion of fifty (50) credits of coursework, doctoral students must design, implement and defend a capstone research project. The capstone project is an integral feature of the doctoral training experience—and it is aimed at preparing graduates of the program for empirically and theoretically-informed leadership roles in advanced clinical practice, clinical supervision, social work education, and practice-oriented research and evaluation. With guidance and approval from faculty—and consistent with the scientific method—doctoral students will apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their research, theory and advanced practice courses to the empirical and systematic examination of a clinical or psychosocial problem of their interest. The capstone research project must be successfully defended by the student and approved by a committee of three faculty members before clearance for graduation from the program is granted.


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).