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DSW Program Frequently Asked Questions


What is the focus of the program? 

The focus is dual: both leadership and education.  We prepare educators who can lead and leaders who can teach.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program is designed to be completed in three calendar years.

Where might DSW's work?

Kutztown University|Millersville University Doctor of Social Work graduates may work as faculty in universities, colleges, and community colleges.  They may serve in public and private agencies in such leadership capacities as executive director, program evaluator, private consultant, and development director.

Do I need to have the MSW to apply?

Yes, applicants must possess an MSW degree from a Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program

Do I need to take the GRE?

No, there is not an entrance exam requirement for the DSW program.  Application requirements are listed on the Application Process webpage. 

How do I apply?

Please begin by filling out the graduate application.

How should I write my essays

The personal essay should be written with forethought and careful attention to the focus of the program.  (This is not a "clinical" program.)   While the topic of the academic essay is the choice of the applicant, the essay should be a formal review of available professional literature including critical analysis of current journal articles, books, etc., regardless of the topic.

How is the Kutztown University|Millersville University DSW different from a PhD? 

The DSW is an applied degree.  Research topics are directly related to the needs of the practice community and an optional field work or praxis experience is part of the program.  KU|MU DSW students complete the program in 3 years.  The KU|MU DSW and the PhD programs are similar in that students experience similar numbers of credits, both a experience qualifying comprehensive paper and both carry out the dissertation process.

Is teaching experience required?

No; however a minimum of two years post MSW clinical experience is preferred.

What is the Kutztown University|Millersville University praxis? 

The praxis is an optional, elective field work opportunity for students to work in an academic or agency setting of the student's choice.  Students complete an approved project that is needed in the setting.  Hours in the setting are not counted; rather the project and reflections related to it provide assessment measures.

I'm accepted, how do I register? 

Once you have accepted the admission offer the Department of Social Work will assist you in registering for the program.

How often do I need to be on campus?

Each semester begins with an intensive weekend residency.

What is an intensive residency? 

An intensive residency is an opportunity to meet faculty and classmates, to learn about program expectations, to gain assistance in meeting personal expectations and to begin studies with a face-to-face classroom experience for each of that semester's classes.  Residencies last from Friday evening to Sunday noon at the beginning of each semester:  fall, spring, and summer.   They are held at Millersville University in the fall and Kutztown University in the spring.  Summer locations alternate.  Once accepted you will receive more information about the intensive residencies.

Where can I stay during the residencies? 

There are several hotels located with a few miles of both Kutztown University and Millersville University.  You will be notified of the options prior to the residency.

What is the application deadline?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  Once the current year's cohort is filled, successful applicants may be offered admission into the following year's cohort.

How much is the tuition?

How many credits are in the program?

The program consists of 48 credits.