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Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research
300 Airdale Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-1697
Phone: 610-520-2600
Fax: 610-520-2655

Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research


Leadership in social work over the next decade will depend on the level of professional skill and practice experience brought into the field by new graduates. The Master of Social Service program is a carefully balanced curriculum, in accordance with Bryn Mawr’s mission to explore the variety of roles open to social workers, in the depth required for professional practice, and with the flexibility needed for continual growth in a changing world.

The MSS program provides a carefully balanced curriculum that is designed to:

  • Teach social work ethics and frameworks for applying ethical principles to social work practice
  • Promote the use of knowledge, values, and skills for effective social work leaders across areas of social work pratice at the foundation and advanced concentration levels.
  • Develop strong relationship, assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills
  • Utilize an integrated perspective on theory, practice, policy, research, and ethics
  • Encourage self-reflection 
  • Advance social and economic justice 
  • Foster a critical awareness of diversity and the social and cultural forces that impact individuals, families, organizations, and communities locally, nationally, and globally
  • Understand and apply knowledge of human behavior in multiple social, cultural, and economic contexts 
  • Emphasize critical and creative thinking skills 
  • Teach strategies to engage in ethical research-informed practice and learn how practice experience can inform research for increased effectiveness of both
  • Develop students' skills for advocacy and policy practice on behalf of clients and client systems 
  • Create a learning community that is both challenging and supportive

Applicants are admitted with the understanding that they must be available for field placements a minimum of 8 hours/week during regular working hours (Monday through Friday, 9 AM-5 PM) and that the availability of a field placement occurring only during evening and/or weekend hours is not guaranteed.

Bryn Mawr's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Master of Social Service (MSS) degree is equivalent in both licensure and use to the MSW degree.  The MSS program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.