PhD in Social Work

School of Social Work

About the Program PhD in Social Work

The PhD in Social Work Program is committed to educating doctoral level leaders in the areas of research, practice, organizational administration and management, and the preparation of the next generation of BSW and MSW social work practitioners. Organized around a developmentally integrated curriculum that attends to both methodological rigor and issues of social justice, students are prepared to engage in independent research and scholarship that informs social work practice at multiple levels. Students will demonstrate skill at conceptually and theoretically framing, investigating, and analyzing complex systems, social problems, human behaviors, and intervention outcomes through a trauma-informed lens. The goals of the program further strive to assure the promotion of social justice in ways that assist individuals, families, groups, communities, and larger societies in maximizing their potential and well-being.

Within the broad goal of preparing advanced social work scholars, practitioners, and agency leaders, the educational objectives of the doctoral program are to prepare our students to:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive mastery of a substantive area of social work.
  • Exhibit expertise in producing independent research that informs social work practice, service delivery, advocacy, and system change.
  • Integrate the values and ethics of the social work profession in teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Conceptualize, critically evaluate, and construct theory to advance social work knowledge, education, and practice.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for leadership and advocacy focused on promoting social justice.
View Curriculum Time Requirements & Candidacy

Barry’s PhD program is a part-time program that is convenient for working professionals.

Mitchell Rosenwald

Mitch Rosenwald, PhD, LCSW Director

Thank you for your interest in the PhD Program at Barry University’s School of Social Work!

“We pride ourselves on providing students with a rigorous, social justice-oriented curriculum that links theory, research methods, policy, organizations and education. Students are prepared for careers in academic settings, research consulting, and agency leadership. ”

Top Stories

  • 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.

  • 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 and Fees

Tuition for the PhD program is $1,125.00 per credit hour.

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