Online Doctoral Degrees in Social Work
Upon completion of the program, students may gain higher-level employment. Doctoral degree graduates may find employment in social policy programs, wellness programs, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and academia.
- Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
- Program Length: Three to five years to complete
- Post-Grad Options: Employment
- Projected Employment Growth: 25% (2010-2020)*
The curriculum for a doctoral degree in social work may integrate core coursework with research-heavy dissertation classes. These classes teach students how to lead social service programs, advocate for public policy changes, and utilize current technology to advance the effectiveness of social service. Core social work online courses may include the following:
- Advanced Knowledge of Social Work
- Leadership in Social Work
- Contemporary Issues in Social Work
- Methods of Inquiry in Action Research
- Applying Action Research
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Theory Development
Students who successfully complete the program may explore career opportunities in academia, healthcare, mental health, community wellness, and elder care. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social work employment is projected to increase by 25% from 2010-2020.*
Possible careers include:
- University Professor
- Clinical Social Worker
- Human Services Director
- Clinical Director
- Non-profit Executive
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose. Our 20,000 alumni, from more than 110 countries, are changing the world as accomplished professionals. Named a top-15 school nationally for online bachelor's programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2015), Regent is among the most affordable undergraduate Christian colleges (CCCU 2015). Fully accredited, challenging programs are available online and on campus. New classes begin every eight weeks.
- Doctor of Ministry in Clinical Pastoral Education
Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.
A liberal arts institution with 16 colleges and schools, Liberty offers programs in fields such as medicine, religion, law, aviation, cinematic arts, psychology, business, and more. Part of the Big South Conference, Liberty fields 20 NCAA Division I athletic teams and 32 Club Sports teams, offering fans an unparalleled college sports experience.
- Doctor of Ministry: Pastoral Counseling