Earn Your Doctorate of Social Work in
Advanced Clinical Practice or Organizational Leadership

The DSW Program at the University of Alabama welcomed its first cohort of students in Fall 2019. Since then, the program has grown to support almost 60 students across three cohorts. Our students represent 37 states and 2 countries. They also represent many sub-fields of social work. Learn more about the program by visiting the:

Program Overview

Explore our DSW Program with Director Dr. Nicole Ruggiano in an information session covering the program’s two tracks in advanced clinical practice and organizational leadership, curriculum, the program’s mandatory residency requirement, Capstone Project and more.

Virtual Information Session

How to Apply

To enroll in our DSW program, you must apply through The University of Alabama Graduate School. Applications for next year’s DSW cohort are accepted starting in September and are accepted until March 1st at 11:59 p.m. Please note that references and transcripts are due by the deadline for an application to be viewed as complete. Also note that earlier application submission does not result in earlier decision on applications.

To begin the application process, please review the DSW program’s Application Checklist and Statement of Purpose Instructions and then select Apply Now!


Apply Now!


Still Have Questions?

Primarily Online DSW Information Request

For more information about the DSW Program, please complete this form or contact wonaranjo@ua.edu or (205) 348-4547.
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