Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Bryn Mawr College

Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA
student ratio
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Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
April 15
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2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Graduate Studies in Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr College, located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, is a highly selective, private women's liberal arts college. It is also one of the Seven Sisters, a group of historically women's colleges in the northeastern United States, although men are permitted admission to Bryn Mawr College at the graduate level. The college has a student population of about 1,300 undergraduates and 450 graduate students. "US News and World Report" ranks Bryn Mawr College among its top 50 Best Liberal Arts Colleges.

Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Overview

Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) was one of the first social work schools in the nation. Throughout its distinguished history, it has been dedicated to the empowerment of women, addressing the issues of poverty, education, civil rights, and the evolution of women's roles in society.

Founded in 1915, the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research is recognized internationally today as a caring, supportive community that fosters intellectual growth and critical thinking.

Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research has awarded master's and doctoral degrees since its inception; in 1920, it awarded the 1st doctoral degree in social work in the nation.

The GSSWSR also offers specialization certificates in Home and School Visitor and Child and Family Well-Being.

Master of Social Service Equivalent to M.S.W.

Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research awards a Master of Social Service (MSS) degree, which is equivalent to a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in both licensure and use. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and students may enroll on a full- or part-time basis.

The curriculum prepares students for the wide range of roles available for social workers in a variety of cultural environments and provides the flexibility needed for continued professional growth and change. All MSS students select a concentration of specialized study in either "Clinical Social Work" or Community Practice, Policy, and Advocacy". Each concentration involves a practice seminar and concurrent field instruction taken in the 3 consecutive semesters following the foundation practice course and field instruction.

Master of Law and Social Policy

The Master of Law and Social Policy (MLSP) program is a post-master's program for professionals in social work, others in human service professions, or in public administration and policy analysis related to social welfare. Applicants must have master's degrees in social work or related fields. Students may also pursue joint MSS/MSLP degrees.

The MLSP degree program is offered to both full- and part-time students. It provides an in-depth examination of legal processes, their relationship to the delivery of human services, and their role in shaping policy. Field instruction encourages students to explore the practical challenges associated with integrating law in social work practice.

Graduates of the MLSP program move into career roles that combine social services and law, working directly with individuals and groups or as supervisors, program managers, or policy analysts in mental health, income maintenance, family and child welfare, criminal justice, and race relations.

Doctor of Philosophy Awarded by the College

The doctoral program prepares candidates for intellectual leadership, research, or clinical practice in social work and social welfare through a curriculum that focuses on theory and method. Specialization is addressed through electives and a dissertation. Faculty members work closely with doctoral students in small classes, teaching both behavioral and social theory and quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

Because the PhD degree is awarded by Bryn Mawr College and not by individual departments or schools, each candidate must meet general requirements as well as specific school requirements for the degree. Students apply to the doctoral faculty members for formal admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree when their course work is nearly completed. If approved, they then must pass 3 preliminary written examinations and prepare a paper on social work practice before moving on to the dissertation process.

Faculty and Research

Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research employs 13 fulltime and 20 part-time faculty members, as well as 15 field liaisons. Faculty members are nationally practicing clinicians and academic scholars with expertise in their respective research fields.

Among them are Sanford Schram, whose book, "Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race," received the Oliver Cromwell Cox and Michael Harrington Book Awards, as well as other awards, for making a significant contribution to the eradication of racism. His research interests include social theory, social policy, and welfare reform and research.

Professor James Martin, whose research interests include behavioral health issues impacting individuals, families, and communities, is one of 35 national experts recently tapped by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) to create a new guide to help schools of social work as they develop courses and programs for social work students, community behavioral-health providers, and human services agencies to better serve the needs of military members, veterans, and their families.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is awarded to all qualifying master's students who apply for aid and includes both grant and loan funds. Eligibility is determined by information provided on the FAFSA and college financial aid forms. Financial aid awards are made for a single academic year and students must submit applications for assistance for each year of graduate study.

Campus and Surroundings

Bryn Mawr College is situated on 49 acres on Philadelphia's storied Main Line, just 11 miles west of the city. The campus is also a short walk from local bus and regional rail service that connects with Amtrak's northeast corridor service from Philadelphia's 30th Street Station.

Location & Contact

Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research

Bryn Mawr College

300 Airdale Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
United States

Dr. Darlyne Bailey


Phone: 610-520-2610
Fax: 610-520-2613

Sheila Gillin

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 610-520-7533

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Social Work Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Social Services (MSS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 81
    • Doctoral Degrees 5
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Fieldwork
    • Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required and Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


79% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 164
    • Accepted 130
    • Acceptance Rate 79
    • Enrolled 90
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 15th April 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesbachelor's degree, personal statement, 3 letters of recommendation, and official transcripts, interview
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test (minimum scores 500 on the verbal and quantitative sections and 5.0 on analytic writing test), master's degree; minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, graduate 3.5; 2 years of post-MSW work experience (recommended); personal statement; 3 letters of recommendation (2 from academic references); official transcripts
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 15
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, dissertation awards (for PhD)

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students169
    • Female Percentage86%
    • Male Percentage14%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students169
    • Part-time Percentage19%
    • Full-time Percentage81%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American12%
    • White / Caucasian69%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races8%
    • Unknown or International Student3%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty19
    • Full-time Percentage42%
    • Part-time Percentage58%
    • Female Percentage58%
    • Male Percentage42%




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