Admission Criteria

In selecting students for our Master of Social Work (MSW) program, Barry University seeks individuals who support the school's mission and will advocate, in their subsequent careers, for the values and principles embodied within that mission.

You must have the following minimum qualifications to be considered for admission to the MSW program:

  • Receipt of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Barry social work students arrive with a variety of degrees across all fields of study, from Education to Health Sciences, from the Arts to Social Sciences, Business to Marketing, Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Sports Management.
  • A minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for your last 60 earned college credits. **
  • A broad liberal arts background (minimum 30cr) including study in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences.
  • Two references from past professors, professionals, supervisors, or community leaders who know you and can attest to your readiness for graduate studies within the field of social work.
  • A two page personal statement.
  • Competent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated concern and commitment to the values underlying professional social work.

** If your GPA calculates below a 3.0 in your last 60 credits of study, there can be exceptions made to the GPA requirement based on extenuating circumstances. The School will initiate an admissions interview in this case in order to discuss your readiness for graduate level studies.

Additional Criteria for Advanced Standing Admission:

  • To be considered for admission to the MSW advanced standing program, applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in social work from a college or university whose social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at the time the BSW or BA degree is conferred.
  • You must have received your Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work no more than five years prior to enrollment.
  • You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all bachelors’ level social work courses (there are no exceptions to this policy).
  • Two references from past professors, professionals, supervisors, or community leaders who know you and can attest to your readiness for graduate studies within the field of social work.
  • A final field evaluation from your undergraduate field placement. This evaluation can be used in place of one reference.

**If you obtained your BSW greater than five years, you may make a special request to the Admissions Director to submit a request to the Dean for an exception.

Credit for Life Experience

In keeping with CSWE standards, the School of Social Work cannot grant academic credit for life experience or previous work experience, in whole or in part, in lieu of the field internship or any courses in the curriculum.