Doctor of Social Work

Doctor of Social Work – Leadership and Education

The Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program prepares academicians who are able to lead, and leaders who are able to teach. Pursue your passion for social justice through enhanced leadership, and the transformative opportunity to explore and develop yourself as a scholar and practitioner.

Kutztown University and Millersville University are pleased to partner to offer our new DSW program focused on preparing leaders and educators for career advancement in agencies, government, and higher education. Social Work practitioners with an MSW will be prepared to take on the challenges the industry will face in practice and in preparing future experts in the field.

With coursework completed primarily online, with a weekend residency face-to-face learning component once a semester, the DSW program is designed with the working professional in mind. Whether you live in south-central or southeastern Pennsylvania or anywhere beyond, learn with the best in your profession and prepare to continue to make a difference.

Educating both bachelor and master’s degree recipients, with expert faculty who bring global research and expertise to the classroom, the joint Kutztown University-Millersville University DSW program is the best choice to advance your social work career.

Please contact Dr. Laura Granruth at to find out when the next cohort begins!

Program Construct:

  • Part-time, eight session program - two courses per session for fall, spring, and summer terms
  • Cohort model
  • Online instruction and coursework
  • Experiential component at an institution near you
  • Face-to-face learning component (one weekend) per session, located alternately at Kutztown University and Millersville University.

Learn more about coursework, application requirements and faculty or APPLY NOW.

**The program will have rolling acceptance of applications: for each fall’s cohort, full consideration will be made for those applications received by March 1.

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To learn more about the admissions process, contact the College of Graduate and Adult Learning at 717-871-4723 or

For specific program information, contact Dr. Karen Rice at or Program Coordinator: Dr. Laura Granruth at

For all other inquires use the form below.