D.S.W. Doctorate in Social Work in Human Rights Leadership (DSW)

Requirements (48 credits)
SW-710Intersecting Ethics of Social Work, Leadership, Scholarship, and Human Rights3
SW-715Herstory and the Evolution of Social Work's Contributions to Leadership and Human Rights3
SW-720Social Work Leadership Portfolio Development3
SW-725Leadership Portfolio Development and Strategic Planning for Career Trajectory3
SW-730Comparative Theories and Practices of Leadership and Human Rights3
SW-735Theories in Social Innovation and Change3
SW-740Social Justice Approaches to Executive Leadership and Strategic Management3
SW-745Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis3
or SW-750 Qualitative Research
Select one option listed below:6
Educational Leadership in Human Rights Tool I
Education Leadership in Human Rights Tool II
OR
Policy Leadership in Human Rights Tool I
Policy Leadership in Human Rights Tool II
SW-775Mentored Preparation of Transformative Human Rights Leadership Project I3
SW-780Mentored Preparation of Transformative Human Rights Leadership Project II3
Special Topics in Social Work 700+ Level3
Electives - Choose 9 credits from the following:9
Leadership, Diversity and Equity
Contemporary Issues in Education
Health Promotion in Diverse Populations
Special Topics in Social Work 700+ level
Special Topics in History 700+ level
SW-LPESocial Work Project Exposition0
Total Credits48
First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SW-715 Herstory and the Evolution of Social Work's Contributions to Leadership and Human Rights3SW-730 Comparative Theories and Practices of Leadership and Human Rights3SW-710 Intersecting Ethics of Social Work, Leadership, Scholarship, and Human Rights3
SW-725 Leadership Portfolio Development and Strategic Planning for Career Trajectory3SW-735 Theories in Social Innovation and Change3SW-740 Social Justice Approaches to Executive Leadership and Strategic Management3
Semester Credits6Semester Credits6Semester Credits6
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SW-Elective3SW-745 Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis3SW-Elective3
 SW-750 Qualitative Research3SW-Elective3
 SW-720 Social Work Leadership Portfolio Development3 
Semester Credits3Semester Credits9Semester Credits6
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
SW-755 Educational Leadership in Human Rights Tool I3SW-760 Education Leadership in Human Rights Tool II3 
OROR 
SW-765 Policy Leadership in Human Rights Tool I3SW-770 Policy Leadership in Human Rights Tool II3 
SW-775 Mentored Preparation of Transformative Human Rights Leadership Project I3SW-780 Mentored Preparation of Transformative Human Rights Leadership Project II3 
 SW-LPE Social Work Project Exposition0 
Semester Credits9Semester Credits9 
Total Credits 54

The criteria for admissions to the DSW are as follows:

Master’s degree: All applicants must have an earned master’s degree in social work or social services (preferred). Official transcripts are required from each institution in which bachelor’s and master’s level credits were earned. Applicants who have a social work degree from outside of the United States must have their degree evaluated by the Council on Social Work Education.  

  • Applicants with a graduate degree from another area of the social sciences will have to complete four core MSW courses in social work before entrance into the DSW.  These courses are: 
    • SW-503 SW Practice with Individuals and Families or SW-513 SW Practice with Groups or equivalent
    • SW-518 Global Community Practice or equivalent
    • SW-627 Implications of Social Justice and Human Rights -
    • SW-669 Applications of Social Justice and Human Rights

SW-627 and 669 must be taken at Monmouth. Both courses are offered online.

  • When the CSWE accreditation standards for DSW programs are operational, we will seek an exemption on the CSWE accreditation standards for these students as this requirement is outside of the proposed DSW accreditation standards.
  • Grade Point Average: Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 out of 4, in a nationally/globally accredited Master’s Program.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: A current resume/curriculum vitae should outline the applicant’s educational background, employment history, professional activities, and other activities that provide support for admission.
  • Three letters of recommendation: These letters should address the applicant’s readiness for doctoral study.
  • Personal statement: This 800-1,000 word essay should describe the applicant’s preparation for study in the program and personal objectives for graduate study.
  • Interview: Candidates may be selected for an interview by one or more members of the advisory board to determine the candidate’s level of interest, aptitude, and career goals.
  • Writing sample: At or near the time of their interview, candidates will be asked to provide a writing sample to be evaluated by the admission committee.
  • Post-MSW Experience: Applicants are expected to have at least 3-5 years post-MSW professional work experience before undertaking doctoral work.

Admissions requirements for International Students:

  • Required English proficiency test – A test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Testing Systems (IELTS) score report is required for non-native English-speaking applicants.

Transfer Students:

Students who wish to transfer into the DSW program, can transfer up to 2 courses with a B or better from their current or past (within 5 years) doctoral program.  Students would need to submit their doctoral syllabi to the DSW Program Director along with a justification as to how these courses fit with the Monmouth DSW curriculum.