Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research

Explore our Degree Programs


Master of Social Service (M.S.S.)

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.


M.S.S. for Advanced Standing Students

Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Advanced Standing M.S.S. program is designed for individuals who have completed a B.S.W. degree within the last five years from a Council on Social Work Education accredited school of social work.


Doctoral Program in Social Work (Ph.D.)

The country's first Ph.D. degree in social work was awarded at Bryn Mawr College in 1920. Today we continue to value innovation and creativity to help our students become leading researchers, teachers, and scholar-practitioners.

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M.S.S./M.P.H. Dual Degree

Joint degree students will study at both Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Jefferson School of Population Health. The completion of the dual degree takes approximately three years for full-time students.

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M.S.S. Certificate Programs

Students who are currently enrolled in the M.S.S. program are also eligible to pursue a Certificate Program. Courses taken for the certificate will also count toward M.S.S. elective credits.

Why Bryn Mawr?

Rigorous academics and close working relationships with faculty are just a few reasons Julie Zaebst, M.S.S. '08 chose Bryn Mawr.

Julie Zaebst on Why GSSWSR
of students employed 3 to 6 months after graduation.

Join a Supportive Community of Passionate Individuals

Romana Lee Akiyama at the White House in March for a Women's History Month event
Romana Lee-Akiyama, M.S.S./M.L.S.P. '09, Executive Director for the Mayor's Office of Public Engagement for the City of Philadelphia
If you are somebody who really wants to make a difference in your community and the world, and you’re a serious student and want to be with other folks who will lift you up and help you fine tune your thought processes, then Bryn Mawr is the place to go.

Making a Difference

From faculty research to alumni achievements to student recognition, learn more about the people who make Bryn Mawr's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research truly extraordinary.

Professional Development Opportunities