Application & Deadlines

Students do not need to have a bachelor’s degree in social work to apply for the traditional 60 credit MSW program.

The application for all MSW degree programs consists of:

  • A completed online application
  • A personal statement
  • OFFICIAL transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Two letters of reference
  • Resume

To be considered for admission to the MSW advanced standing program, applicants are required to submit the following documentation, in addition to the materials requested above for general admission:

  • A baccalaureate degree in social work from a college or university whose social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at the time the BSW or BA degree is conferred.
  • You must have received your Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work no more than five years prior to enrollment. Additionally, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all bachelors’ level social work courses (there are no exceptions to this policy).
  • A final field evaluation from your undergraduate field placement is required.

International Students applying to the Advanced Standing Program must adhere to the procedures illustrated in the enrollment manual. Additionally, international students must submit a separate application as well as all supporting materials to the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES), which falls under the auspices of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). ISWDRES recognizes academic credentials in social work that are comparable to accredited baccalaureate and master's degrees in social work in the United States. Recognition is based on the general comparability of the program objectives and level of the applicant's social work education to social work education in the United States. For more information on the application process, international applicants should be referred to the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service website The cost of the ISWDRES evaluation is the responsibility of the applicant and is separate from the application fee that is requested by the School of Social Work. Upon completion, an official copy the evaluation must be sent from ISWDRES directly to Barry University School of Social Work.

Please note that the application requirements for international students may require additional items. GRE scores are not required for any of our MSW degree programs. A $50 nonrefundable application fee ($60 if submitting a paper application) must accompany the completed application and is not credited toward tuition. The application fee can be paid online or via check or money order made payable to Barry University.

All official transcripts and reference letters may be mailed or delivered to:

Barry University
Office of Graduate Admissions
11300 NE Second Avenue
Miami, FL 33161-6695

Electronic transcripts can be sent to the following:

Priority Admissions

In order to efficiently meet the needs of applicants, the School of Social Work is now offering a priority admissions deadline period for the fall and spring enrollment periods. Please note that students seeking an early admissions decision must submit their complete electronic application prior to the dates listed below. Students that apply during the priority admissions period will receive an expedited admissions decision, which may be advantageous if you seek immediate information regarding field education placements, registration, scholarships, and financial aid packages.

Please note that the priority admissions deadline does not preclude you from applying to our MSW programs prior to the general admissions deadlines. Due to the high volume of applications and inquiries, students interested in pursuing an MSW at Barry University are encouraged to take advantage of the priority admissions phase, as it will assist with seamless enrollment.


Fall Semester
Priority Admission – February 1st
General Admission – July 15th

Spring Semester
Priority Admission – September 15th
General Admission - December 1st

Summer Semester (advanced standing only)
Priority Admission – February 1st
General Admission – April 15th


Our Admissions Committee strives to evaluate complete applications within four to six weeks. Please note that the committee does not evaluate incomplete applications. Admissions decisions are based primarily on an evaluation of your previous undergraduate and graduate coursework, experience in the human services (paid, volunteer, research, and internship), written personal statement, and letters of reference.


In keeping with CSWE standards, the School of Social Work cannot grant academic credit for life experience or previous work experience, in whole or in part, in lieu of the field internship or any courses in the curriculum.