Angelo State University Adds Third Doctoral Program


SAN ANGELO  – Angelo State University has added a new Doctor of Social Work (D.S.W.) in clinical social work degree program that is the first of its kind in Texas and the third doctoral degree now offered by ASU.

The D.S.W. in clinical social work can be completed either on campus or totally online, and classes will begin this coming fall 2022 semester. It is offered through the Department of Social Work and Sociology within ASU's Archer College of Health and Human Services, and applications are now being accepted.

ASU established the new D.S.W. program in response to the overwhelming need for more doctoral-level social workers in Texas and throughout the nation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment for mental health and substance abuse social workers is projected to grow by 18% through 2030, adding thousands of new openings every year.

Additionally, the Health Resources and Service Administration reports that while many social workers are trained at the master's degree level, a 30% increase in the number of master's and doctoral-level social workers will be needed to meet the demand by 2030.

Director of the new D.S.W. program is Dr. Joel Carr, an associate professor of social work and sociology. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor, and he holds the Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work credential from the American Board of Clinical Social Work (ABCSW). He was also elected earlier this summer to the ABCSW, which sets the national standards for education, advocacy and credentialing for the clinical social work profession.

"We are very excited to offer the D.S.W. in clinical social work at Angelo State," Carr said. "It is unique in Texas, and our graduates will be prepared to help meet the mental health and substance use treatment needs in our region, the state and the nation. This program has been nearly two years in the making, and we are looking forward to starting our inaugural class this fall."

New students will be admitted to the D.S.W. program each fall semester. Candidates for the D.S.W. program must hold a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and have post-M.S.W. practice experience.

ASU also offers Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) and M.S.W. degrees that are accredited by the CSWE. More details on all of ASU's social work degrees are available at

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