The mission of the Barry University School of Social Work is framed by the core values, ethics, and commitments of the social work profession and the Barry University mission. Within a culturally diverse framework, the School is committed to educating social workers for professional social work practice that is informed by context and characterized by competence, skills of leadership, quality, the quest for social and economic justice in local and global communities, and dedication to continuous professional growth and development.
In response to a demand for professionally trained social workers in 1966, Barry University established the first graduate program in South Florida. The Master of Social Work degree program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and the curriculum of the School is planned in accordance with the standards set by the council. A PhD in Social Work was introduced in 1983 to prepare advanced practitioner/scholars for leadership roles within the profession. In 2001, the School initiated a Bachelor of Social Work degree program and was accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 2003.
In 1984, the School was named the Ellen Whiteside McDonnell to honor a woman who made significant contribution to the reform and development of social welfare programs in the State of Florida.
Bachelor of Social Work
In 2000, the School initiated a BSW degree program which was fully accredited in 2003 and reaccredited in 2008. The BSW Program prepares students to be direct service generalist practitioners working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Graduates of this program with a grade point average of 3.0 in all social work courses may progress to our Advanced Standing 32 credit MSW Program.
Master of Social Work
In 1966, Barry University established its first graduate school of social work program in South Florida. The MSW degree program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and the curriculum of the School is planned in accordance with the standards set by the Council. The Master of Social Work degree program offers a curriculum that is framed in a trauma-informed resiliency framework. At the foundation level, students are introduced to a generalist practice perspective. At the advanced level, the program offers a concentration in clinical social work practice.
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work
In 2013, the School of Social Work proudly announced the start of a new PhD in Social Work program. This program gives students the opportunity to advance and deepen their knowledge in the field of social work. It is designed to provide students with the analytical tools and skills to assume leadership roles in various settings. The School of Social Work accepts a new cohort of highly qualified students every 2 years. Our next cohort is anticipated to start in fall 2015.