Walter J. Pierce  Ph.D.

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Learn, Reflect, and Serve

The doctoral program of the Barry University School of Social Work operates within the context of the mission of Barry University and the mission of the School of Social Work. The program seeks to produce educators, researchers, administrators and advanced practitioners capable of demonstrating the capacity for conceptually and theoretically framing, investigating, and analyzing complex systems, social problems, human behaviors, and intervention outcomes. The goals of the program further strive to assure the promotion of social justice in ways that assist individuals, families, groups, communities, and larger societies in maximizing their potential and well-being.

Our 2013 initial cohort has completed all of their coursework and have moved forward in completing the program. Of the original eighteen individuals in the cohort, fifteen (15) successfully completed their coursework, and over the past year, eleven (11) have advanced to candidacy with two (2) students having successfully defended their dissertation research. Over three-quarters of the group have presented their work and research at major conferences and have articles in process for publication review.

The 2015 cohort of students currently in their second year are additionally progressing well into defining their areas of specialization and beginning work on their dissertation research areas. The faculty expresses excitement at the group’s t capacity for hard work and their diligence to engage the learning process toward the ultimate expansion of the social work knowledge base.

The program will be accepting applications beginning in the fall of 2016 for admission to the 2017 cohort. We invite interested candidates to visit the website and learn more about our Ph.D. program, its faculty and current students.

Walter J. Pierce Ph.D.