by Monica A. Ross, LPC
I’m happy to say that within the past week I got notification that I have been accepted into the Doctor of Social Work program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Classes start this May. The program should take about two years to complete and will end with a capstone project.
These are the following topics that we will explore throughout the program: Organizational Leadership, Leading Public Discourse, Innovation and Change, Technological Fluency, and Data-Driven Decision-Making.
I chose this particular program for several reasons. Not only does USC have one of the most consistently high-ranking social work programs in the country, but it meets my needs in terms of distance learning with two total in-person residencies to attend. One residency is in Los Angeles and the other is in Washington, D.C.
One of the other things that drew me to this program is the quality of the faculty that have been assigned to teach, the majority of whom hold traditional PhDs from colleges such as the University of Washington, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Cambridge, Stanford University, and Columbia University.
There are 42 units of coursework that I will complete over the 2-year period. Here is a link to the course descriptions. I’m hoping that the learning that I will engage in over the next 2 years in this program will help me in shaping the ideas that I have for my book.
Throughout the program I will reflect on one of the 12 Grand Challenges of Social Work and identify a challenge for the capstone project. Once identified, I will conduct research which will include a fully developed idea for the way in which the challenge might be addressed.
Here is a link to the 12 Grand Challenges of Social Work.
I’m very much looking forward to getting started on all of this and I can’t wait until classes start in May!