Admission Criteria

Dates and Deadlines

Our next doctoral cohort is set to begin Fall 2022. We will be accepting applications through June 15, 2022.

The Doctoral Committee is comprised of the Program Director and doctoral faculty. Criteria employed in determining admission include evidence of achievement in previous academic programs, increased competency in professional performance, knowledge of critical issues associated with an area of professional interest, and the potential for contributions to the knowledge of the profession through research, leadership, scholarly writing, and professional education.

Degree - Master’s degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program.

Graduate Experience - Three years of post-master's experience is required.

Grade Point Average - A minimum of 3.50.

Note: Applicants with a grade point average between 3.3 and 3.49 may be considered on an individual basis if credentials are otherwise exceptionally strong.

One academic transcript is required from each college/university you have attended. Scanned student copies or unofficial transcripts are NOT accepted. If you previously attended Barry University then you DO NOT need to submit your Barry transcript; however, any and all other transcripts must be submitted. All official transcripts should be mailed to:

Barry University
School of Social Work
Office of Admissions, Enrollment, and Student Services
11300 NE Second Avenue
Miami, FL 33161-6695

Three letters of reference are required. It is strongly suggested that you submit recommendations from colleagues and/or supervisors who know your work and professional performance. Recommenders should comment on the following skills sets: intellectual capacity to engage in scholarly activities, skill in written communication, skill in verbal communication, achievement in previous academic programs, awareness of critical professional issues, potential for contributing to the profession, potential for providing leadership in his/her chosen field.

Official letters of reference must be submitted on organizational letterhead and mailed directly to the School of Social Work Office of Admissions.

Personal Narrative
Applicants should prepare a four (4) page written response/discussion to the following questions: 1) What is your motivation for applying for doctoral study at this time? 2) How does your professional experience inform your research interest?, and 3) What are the ways in which, you imagine, this program might advance your career?

Resume: Please submit your most recent resume. Include all post-secondary schools attended and your grade point average (GPA) for each institution, employment history, publications, conference presentations, awards/grants received, professional licenses, and membership in professional organizations.

All materials must be submitted in English, and any foreign documents must be accompanied by official English translations.

Test Scores
GRE scores are not required.

Application Form
Online applications required.

Application Fee
$60 nonrefundable fee must be paid at the time of application.