Is Online Learning For Me?

For some, the idea of learning how to do good social work without face-to-face interaction is a challenge. We have come to understand that when we speak about face-to-face interaction, what we are really talking about is relationship building. Relationships are formed out of common and shared meaning-making. We can make meaning with people synchronously or asynchronously, face-to-face or online, as long as time and attention is given to this process.


Time commitments: Courses are not self-paced and follow the same academic calendar as the campus-based program. Students must be able to set aside and manage their time to complete readings, assignments, group activities and other course content on a weekly basis.

Technology access: Course content is hosted online. Students must be able to review and upload online content 2-3 times per week at minimum. Students should also expect to participate in a live online session each Thursday evening, making use of audio and video. The IT department has listed computer recommendations for an online program.

Written communication platform: Due to the online structure of the courses, much peer and faculty contact is conducted and evaluated via written communication. Students can receive support to further develop their professional writing skills, but should be prepared to spend more time on course projects if this is an identified need.


All students who accept admission to the DL Social Work program are required to travel to campus for orientation at the beginning of their program and for up to four days each January that they wish to maintain their status in the program. While there are no fees associated with this event, the average travel cost to students to attend this annual residency requirement is $1,250.00, depending on mode/distance of transportation and lodging choices. For more on what to expect while on campus, view the sample event agenda.

Students who do not attend the mandatory campus-based orientation/intensive will be withdrawn from classes and the offer of admission will be rescinded.

In extreme cases of a documented catastrophic event, the student may petition to the department to be excused from this requirement.  These waivers are rarely granted and in most cases students are encouraged to apply for an academic leave (if they have been in the program for at least one year) or they may be required to reapply for admission to the program in the following application cycle.