Online Program

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Master of Social Work (MSW) Online Program

Barry University’s Master of Social Work internationally recognized traditional part-time program and Advanced Standing part-time program curriculum is offered in a fully-online modality. Both innovative and responsive to contemporary shifts in trauma-informed resiliency frameworks, our online program prepares students for advanced licensure for clinical social work practice and offers a strong foundation in policy, leadership, and applied social research.

Our clinically-focused curriculum ensures that students engage regularly with dedicated instructors who are recognized internationally for their research and practice in clinical social work. Live virtual sessions compliment a flexible learning format that allows students to complete coursework and fieldwork on their own schedule. Additionally, all online MSW students are paired with a faculty advisor and enjoy access to the full spectrum of Barry resources, including a variety of professional development programs and direct contact with the Program Director.

Curriculum Map

Part-time Traditional MSW (63 Credits)

  • SEMESTER 1

    • Social Work: An Introduction to the Profession (3 cr)
    • Ways of Knowing for Social Work Practice (3 cr)

    Total # of credits: 6

    • Direct Practice Skills in Social Work I (3 cr)
    • Social Work Macro and Policy Practice (3 cr)
    • Professional and Clinical Practice I (3 cr)

    Total # of credits: 9

    • Direct Practice Skills in Social Work II (3 cr)
    • Human Development (3 cr)
    • Professional and Clinical Practice II (A) (2 cr)

    Total # of credits: 8

    • Models of Intervention (3 cr)
    • Introduction to Trauma and Resilience (3 cr)
    • Professional and Clinical Practice II (B) (2 cr)

    Total # of credits: 8

    • Psychopathology (3 cr)
    • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Individuals (3 cr)
    • Professional and Clinical Practice III (A) (2 cr)
    Total # of credits: 8
    • Mind Body Connection: The Neurobiology of Clinical Practice (3 cr)
    • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Families (3 cr)
    • Professional and Clinical Practice III (B) (2 cr)
    Total # of credits: 8
    • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Groups (3 cr)
    • Focused Practice Course (3 cr)
    • Professional and Clinical Practice IV (A) (2 cr)
    Total # of credits: 8
    • Evaluation of Clinical(3 cr)
    • Leadership, Advocacy, and Policy Practice (3 cr)
    • Professional and Clinical Practice IV (B) (2 cr)

    Total # of credits: 8

Part-time Advanced Standing MSW (32 Credits)

    • Psychopathology (3 cr)
    • Introduction to Trauma and Resilience (3 cr)
    • Professional and Clinical Practice III (A) (2 cr)

    Total # of credits: 8

    • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Individuals (3 cr)
    • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Families (3 cr)
    • Professional and Clinical Practice III (B) (2 cr)

    Total # of credits: 8

    • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Groups (3 cr)
    • Mind Body Connection: The Neurobiology of Clinical Practice (3 cr)
    • Professional and Clinical Practice IV (A) (2 cr)

    Total # of credits: 8

    • Evaluation of Clinical SW Practice (3 cr)
    • Leadership, Advocacy, and Policy Practice (3 cr)
    • Professional and Clinical Practice IV (B) (2 cr)

    Total # of credits: 8

Frequently Asked Questions

    • Priority Deadline Date For Summer Semester: April 1
    • Priority Deadline Date For Fall Semester: July 1
    • Priority Deadline Date For Spring Semester: December 1
  • Part-Time 63 credit:

    Students will enroll in trauma-informed courses starting with generalist practice foundation-level courses followed by an advanced clinical practice concentration. Students are required to take two courses per 12-week semester and complete 1000 hours of Professional and Clinical Practice training over the course of the program, meaning most students complete the degree in approximately 28 months.

    Part-time 32 credit:

    Students will enroll in trauma informed advanced clinical practice concentration courses. Students are required to take 2 courses per semester. In addition to those courses, students are required to complete 580 professional and clinical training hours over the course of their matriculation. Most students enrolled in the part-time program complete the degree in approximately 16 months.

  • The Online MSW degree program costs $599 per credit. We encourage you to speak to one of our dedicated financial aid officers, as financial assistance may be available. To book a one-on-one appointment with our in-house Financial Aid specialist, please visit: www.barry.edu/sswbooking.

  • We created our Online MSW program to maintain specific focus on advancing each student’s clinical practice. As such, direct feedback and dedicated instruction is paramount to the program mission. Our faculty are a key factor in delivering a top-notch program in an engaged, online format. While coursework and fieldwork may be completed within your existing schedule, you will participate weekly in live virtual sessions with peers and professors. These sessions mirror the face-to-face experiences gained through traditional on-campus programs. Additionally, your professors are experts in their fields and will guide you both in your studies and your search for meaningful professional and clinical internships that align with your individual strengths, interests, and goals.

  • Our online programs provide you with the same access to our award-winning faculty through "real-time" synchronous sessions. These programs are designed to ensure that Barry University School of Social Work students receive more than just a degree, but the opportunity to become part of the Barry community of students, educators, and alumni. Our online programs will have several synchronous meetings. Rather than 3.5 hours in person, you will be a part of a 90-minute "real-time" academic experience.

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