Social Work - MSW Traditional

School of Social Work

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About the Program Social Work - MSW Traditional (In person/Online)

Welcome to the Barry University School of Social Work. We view our School and Barry, as a family, and we are so proud to be a part of your journey. Informed by our Core Performance Standards, we will require advanced development of your skills in relationships, communication, critical thinking, and organization. We will challenge you to be your very best and support you all along the way.

The MSW Traditional 63 credits program is designed for motivated newcomers to the field of social work. This program offers the necessary skills to be effective in the field.

Clinical in scope, our trauma-informed, resiliency framework curriculum also provides MSW graduates with a foundation in policy practice, administrative leadership, and applied social research. In addition, our exceptional faculty offer students opportunities for enhanced learning. Our Center for Human Rights and Social Justice also provides a framework for social change.

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Program Options and Curriculum

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Sarah Ingram-Herring, Ph.D., LCSW Director, MSW Program

Director’s Welcome

“Welcome to Barry University School of Social Work where students gain the requisite clinical practice knowledge, hands-on clinical practice experience, and leadership skills to prepare them for independent, ethical, and competent social work practice.”

Internship Professional and Clinical Practice

The program ensures that students receive the clinical experience necessary to become a professional autonomous social worker. Students will be assigned to agency placements which will provide students with the opportunity to build confidence, spend time in a professional environment and the ability to grow and learn as a professional. The intent of the clinical practice in the School of Social Work is to assist students in connecting the curriculum with the practical world of the practice setting.

The Office of Professional and Clinical Practice has several diverse agency placements such as Catholic Charities, Broward County Public Schools, Families First of Palm Beach County, Henderson Behavioral Health, Jackson Health Systems and many more. Clinical practice is a course designed to help students bridge theory and practice and to offer extended learning opportunities for students to grow and develop professionally.

Professional and Clinical Practice Placement Core Performance Standards

Clinical Sites Include:

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Hospitals & Health Centers


Criminal Justice Agencies

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Community-based Agencies

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    Criminal Justice Agencies

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    Community-based Agencies

Denise Deen

Denise Deen Director of Graduate Admissions

Welcome to Barry University School of Social Work - MSW Traditional Program!

“Thank you for considering our program and for dedicating your education to becoming a change maker. We have no doubt our program will equip you with the necessary foundation to instill that change. I will be your main contact and support for all admissions and program-related questions, so please do not hesitate to 1:1 virtual appointment with me, call or email. I am here to guide you through this journey into graduate school!”

Admissions Overview Admission Requirements

  • CSWE-accredited Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher with a 3.0 or higher in all Social Work courses.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from past professors, professionals, supervisors, or community leaders who can attest to your readiness for social work graduate studies.
  • A final field evaluation from your undergraduate field placement (can be used in place of one reference
  • Write your personal statement. Please write your response in paragraph format:

The Director of Graduate Admissions for Social Work considers your personal statement to be an essential part of your application. It provides you with an opportunity to tell us about yourself, your professional interests that have influenced you to pursue an MSW degree. Your personal statement also gives the Director a glimpse into your ability to write and think critically. Your statement should be typed, doubled spaced, in APA format, and consist of at least 500 words.

Please choose one of the following prompts and provide a minimum 500-word response in the form of an essay.

  • Think back to a situation in your life where you had to decide between taking a risk and playing it safe. - Which choice did you make? What was the outcome of your choice?
  • Would you have made the same decision looking back on the experience or would you have made a different decision?
  • What movie, poem, musical composition, or novel has most influenced your life and the way that you view the world? Why?
  • Describe an experience that forever changed your life and how it changed your outlook on life.
  • If you were given the ability to change one moment in your life, would you do so? Why or why not? If so, what moment would you change and why?
  • How has the neighborhood you've grown up in molded you into the person you are today?

Admissions Overview International Student FAQs

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 be aware that admission to Barry University does not guarantee that you will be granted a student visa by the United States Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.

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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.

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

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