Learn, Reflect, and Serve
The Doctoral Program in social work at Barry University is organized around the principle that direct practice and scholarly inquiry are complementary. The Doctoral Program builds on our school’s mission to contribute to the development of professional social work practice that is informed by context and characterized by competence, skills of leadership, quality, and the quest for social and economic justice in local and global communities. Our goal is to prepare advanced scholars and practitioners for careers that significantly impact our profession.
The Doctoral Program is designed to train leaders who will take positions as social work educators, researchers and scholars, supervisors and consultants, and advanced practitioners who will serve as the stewards of the profession.
Our doctoral students are expected to distinguish a specialized area of study that focuses their studies and assignments and guides their research experiences. It is possible to complete all course requirements part-time within two academic years. The initial work on the dissertation proposal begins at the end of the second year but students are encouraged to consider their topics as early as possible. Subsequent semesters are devoted to dissertation research culminated by the final oral examination in defense of the dissertation.
Graduates of our program have pursued careers involving scholarly activity, clinical practice, and basic and applied research in either academic, research, or policy settings. I extend an invitation to explore our website to learn more about our program, faculty, and students.
Susan W. Gray, PhD, EdD.
Doctoral Program Director