Doctorate in Social Work (DSW)

School of Social Work

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About the Program Trauma-Informed Leadership and Practice

The Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) degree is designed for MSW practitioners seeking a doctoral-level practice-focused degree in Trauma-Informed Leadership and Practice.

Graduates are prepared to be experts in trauma-informed clinical practice, program and organizational management, and to be disseminators of practice-based knowledge for both the professional practice community and Schools of Social Work.

  • Immerse yourself in our gold-standard curriculum focused on trauma-informed leadership and practice.
  • Learn with faculty who conduct cutting-edge practice research, present internationally, and hold elected office.
  • Be ready to be treated as a human and not a number with caring, student-centered professors and advisors.
  • Participate in our DSW Student Association, our peer networking group, our virtual holiday reception, and our in-person DSW Symposium.
  • Prepare for your future as a doctoral level, scholar-practitioner who will transform workplaces and shape practice
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Mitchell Rosenwald

Mitch Rosenwald, PhD, LCSW Director and Professor

Welcome to our Doctorate in Social Work Program

“We are pleased you have chosen to broaden your career possibilities by deciding to advance your knowledge and skills in clinical practice, leadership, and higher education. We want to be a part of your exciting journey.”

Doctoral Symposium

The DSW students have drawn on three years of knowledge and skill development through the Trauma-Informed Leadership and Practice focus of the curriculum. The result is this compendium of Practice Advances that reflect practice enhancements from clinical protocols to national service delivery. They are submitting their Capstones as formal manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals for publication and dissemination. The students could not do this without the support of their Capstone Review Panels that include their Chairs and Second Readers.

View the Capstone Showcase

Top Stories

  • Congrats to Our DSW Grads! September 06, 2022

    With their Capstone Project complete, Barry's inaugural Doctorate in Social Work class celebrates their hard work, advanced-practice skills, and wide-open futures.

  • Barry Grad to Serve as State Representative February 15, 2022

    Barry University School of Social Work graduate Daryl Campbell (MSW ’17) will be spending a lot more time in Tallahassee!

  • The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice: Annual Report 2020 August 04, 2021

    The Center for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), as part of the School of Social Work, has released its Annual Report for 2020.

  • With Her New Children's Book, 2016 Grad Ashley Finley Blends Creativity And Social-Work Smarts July 15, 2021

    When she was a kid, Ashley Finley thought she hated reading. “I was interested in very few books that were available to me,” she recently told the online magazine Fem Founder.

  • Dr. Maria Teahan Named Interim Dean Of The Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School Of Social Work At Barry University June 30, 2021

    Dr. Maria Teahan, a creative and passionate educator with a depth of clinical experience, will lead the Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work at Barry University as Interim Dean, effective July 1, 2021.

  • How Dr. Mitch Rosenwald Is Using His Social Work Skills To Impact Local Policy June 22, 2021

    As a clinical social worker and veteran professor in Barry’s School of Social Work, Dr. Mitch Rosenwald has long championed the benefits of bringing social work perspectives to government policy.

  • With New Research Social Work Students And Professor Advocate For Gender-Affirming Care March 15, 2021

    A new paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity is giving voice to members of the trans community who suffer from gender dysphoria.

Admissions Overview Getting Started

Congratulations on taking the first step to pursue your passion, advance your career, and make a difference in your community. We are committed to assist each student through the admission process.

Whether you transition straight from undergraduate studies to a graduate program or have been out of school for some time, we offer a welcoming and professional environment for graduate study.

With small class sizes, there is a considerable amount of personalized attention from your faculty and opportunities to build strong relationships with fellow classmates.

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Financial Aid Affordable for you.

At BarryU, our tuition is competitive, affordable and still promises all the perks of a private school education. Our cost per credit is in-line with other institutions, but we offer a mission-driven educational experience and provide our students with small class sizes, personalized attention, and academic excellence. Scholarships, graduate assistantships, and financial aid can also be explored to help offset overall costs.

Barry University participates in the full array of federal and state financial aid programs. At Barry, we are committed to doing all we can to help you finance your education.

Barry University's Financial Aid staff will assist you through the financial aid application process.

Financial Aid Programs

Tuition for the online DSW program is $595 per credit.

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