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Online PhD in Social Work

Are you ready to take your career in social work to the next level? Graduate social work degrees prepare students with cognitive skills and theoretical background they need to become leaders in their field. Whether your specialty is research or hands-on social welfare work, a PhD in social work will sharpen your skills and open doors to new worlds of opportunity.

What You Can Expect

Your bachelor's degree probably prepared you for hands-on work in the field, in counseling or social services. Conversely, theory and research are the primary focuses of a doctorate degree. Once you choose your concentration, much of your time will be structured toward theory and method within the boundaries of the concentration, from social policy to administration to research. In addition to normal coursework, there may be the possibility of concurrent research internship work. There will also likely be a written assignment, paired with a dissertation and oral defense given before a panel of professors and authorities, to prove one's expertise and productivity within the subject.

Where You Can Go

Good news for students with degrees from social work colleges: this field of work is expected to grow significantly within the next ten years, with a workforce estimated to increase by as much as 22% by 2016. Luckily, schools are keeping up. Many colleges, like renowned and accredited Argosy University, are offering Doctorates in psychology and professional counseling at both online and at campus locations.

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    Founded in 1839, Boston University is one of America’s largest and most respected private research universities. It offers a unique combination of academic excellence and social relevance for its more than 32,000 students from 135 different countries.

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    An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession.

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    We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and complete your degree as quickly as possible.

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  • Widener University

    At Widener University, we proudly cultivate challenging and culturally diverse learning environments where academics, leadership, and service come first. Founded in 1821 in Chester, Pennsylvania, Widener is nationally recognized for our commitment to civic engagement, service, and social responsibility. It is our goal to develop true leaders who inspire positive change throughout our community.

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    • Masters of Social Work
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  • USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

    The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers a CSWE-accredited online Master's in Social Work. The GRE is not required to apply to the MSW@USC program. Complete in as little as 1 year with a BSW.

    The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.

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  • Regent University

    Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose.

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    • Doctor of Ministry in Clinical Pastoral Education
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  • Sacred Heart University - Online

    Sacred Heart University offer signature humanistic core principles and degree programs offering interactive learning, personal attention, small classes, and rigorous academics.

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    • Master of Social Work - Community Specialization
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  • Grand Canyon University

    Master's Degree in Psychology: Designed for the Working Adult

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    • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
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    You've found Ashford University, where school comes to you. Earn your bachelor's or master's degree online.

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    • Master of Public Administration

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  • Our Lady of the Lake University

    Our Lady of the Lake University is a private, Catholic university with a deep connection to the history and community of San Antonio. Founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, we have developed a reputation for our personal teaching style. Since 2011, OLLU has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. We are a university that helps students develop their full potential in an environment that's encouraging and stimulating.

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