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Master of Social Work

School of Social Work

About the Program Social Work (MSW)

Welcome to the Barry University School of Social Work. We view our program, and Barry University, as a family, and we are so proud to have you join us on your journey. Please know that our expectations for you will be high. We will challenge you to be your very best. Informed by the core values of social work and our Core Performance Standards, we will require advanced development of your skills in relationships, communication, critical thinking, and organization.

Part of what makes our program special is our exceptional faculty, visionary leadership team, and professional development opportunities. In addition, our Center for Human Rights and Social Justice provides a framework for social change that is a core component of our profession. Our trauma-informed curriculum will provide you with the knowledge necessary for successful practice in the field of social work. If you haven’t already, you will soon notice that there is something special about Barry. We look forward to a successful journey with you!

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    Trauma-Informed Curriculum

  • Experiential Learning

    Experiential Learning

  • Instructor

    Award Winning Faculty

  • Certificate (1)

    CSWE Accredited

News

Top Stories

  • Social Work

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

Locations Miami is not the only location!

Miami Shores - Main Campus

Address

11300 NE 2nd Ave , Miami Shores, FL 33161

Palm Beach Gardens Professional Center

Address

9123 N Military Trl #206, West Palm Beach, FL 33410

Experiential Learning Field Education

At Barry University School of Social Work, Field Education provides an opportunity for students to gain real-life, hands-on work experience in social service agencies and organizations. Through this lived experience, students are able to practice the integration of social work knowledge, theories, values, ethics, skills, and techniques in work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

In collaboration with Field Education staff and administrators, students are able to select from a wide range of practice settings (i.e. children and families, mental health, substance abuse/addictions, hospitals, veteran’s administration, skilled nursing facilities, criminal justice, schools) the appropriate agency match to complete requirements of their Field Education courses. 

Field Placement at-a-glance

Field Sites Include:

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    Schools

    Health

    Hospitals & Health Centers

    Law

    Criminal Justice Agencies

    Inclusive Community

    Community-based Agencies

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    Schools

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    Hospitals & Health Centers

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    Criminal Justice Agencies

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    Community-based Agencies

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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.

Apply Now! Admission Requirements

Start your application today. In just a few years, you'll graduate with a degree from a highly-respected, affordable university.

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Core Performance Standards

The Core Performance Standards (CPS) adopted by the School of Social Work provides faculty and students with a set of essential standards for assessing professional conduct. Grounded in the NASW Code of Ethics and core values and mission of social work, the Core Performance Standards provide ethical principles that guide social work practice and on which the public can hold social work practitioners, scholars, and educators accountable. These principles depict the scope of responsibility to which all students obligate him/herself from the time of entry in the Barry University-School of Social Work.

The Core Performance Standards help students in Barry University School of Social Work to recognize their professional responsibilities and criteria for professional conduct. In order to remain in good standing in the School of Social Work, all students, as stated in the NASW Code, ".must not allow their own personal problems, psychosocial distress, legal problems, substance abuse, or mental health difficulties to interfere with their professional judgment and performance or to jeopardize the best interests of people for whom they have a professional responsibility." (p.23, NASW Code of Ethics.)

Barry University School of Social Work is leading the way in setting ethical standards for professional growth and development.

The Core Performance Standards encompass the following skill areas:

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    Self Awareness

    A commitment to the process of self-reflection and self-critique assuming full responsibility to protect peers, colleagues, research participants, clients and others from the adverse consequences of personal performance problems and behaviors.

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    Critical Thinking

    Individual reasoning reflects a comprehensive analysis that distinguishes fact from inference; an individual's conclusions and assigned meanings are grounded in relevant data, information and evidence.

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    Professioanl Relationships

    All professional interactions reflect respect, integrity, honesty, cooperation and collaboration as well as a clear understanding of professional role, authority and appropriate boundaries.

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    Professional Ethics

    Individual judgment and conduct is consistent with established laws and the values and ethics of the social work profession as set forth in the NASW Code of Ethics.

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    Task Management

    Effective task/time management strategies guide all professional and academic responsibilities and activities.

Admissions Overview Are you a Transfer or an International Student?

If you have started a Social Work program in another University that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, you may be able to transfer up to 28 credit hours. In order to transfer these credits, you must have taken the course within the past five years and earned a grade of “B” or better.
If you are an international student, applying as early as possible is in your best interest in order to allow ample time for immigration processing. Please note that general admission to Barry University does not guarantee acceptance into all academic majors.

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 and Fees
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