Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program

Social Work MSW

About the Social Work MSW Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree at Loyola

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s programs allow full-time students to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in just five years. Learn more about the Social Work MSW Master's degree and eligible undergraduate Bachelor's degrees below.

Social Work MSW Graduate Program

This program is designed to develop professionals who have the confidence and skills to take on the challenge to improve individual and family welfare and empower people within our communities to promote social justice. You will thrive in our program if you have a true passion for social justice issues and a determination to advocate and take action to help transform lives and communities.

Eligible Undergraduate Programs

  • Social Work BSW
February
29

05:00PM- 07:00PM

Join us for the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Open House! Please note that this event is only for current Loyola undergraduate students.

The Open House will be held on February 29, 2024, at the Lake Shore campus. It's a valuable opportunity for you to:

  • Engage with program directors and gain insights into Loyola's accelerated degree pathways.

  • Connect with advising staff members to plan your academic journey. 

  • Explore your academic options and discover how an accelerated program can benefit your educational goals.

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Visit our Social Work MSW webpage for information about Career Opportunities, Results & Skills, and more.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

Loyola’s extensive course catalog will always house the latest Social Work MSW Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program course information, including degree requirements, course descriptions, prerequisite requirements, available concentrations, and more.

Additionally, this resource will provide learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Step By Step: Chart Your Accelerated Degree Path

  1. Explore options in undergraduate years one and two. Connect with your academic and career advisors and chart a two-year schedule to establish the best path toward your degrees.

  2. Apply in undergraduate year three. Students applying to an Accelerated Bachelors/Masters program will experience a slightly different application process. Please review the application requirements below for process information and required supporting materials. Loyola students do not need to submit official transcripts. Start your application here.

  3. Begin graduate course work. In undergraduate year four, you will take both undergraduate and graduate courses and complete your bachelor's degree.

  4. Complete your graduate course work in year five. Graduate with your master's degree.

Please note that transfer students may have a slightly different timeline. Transfer students who are juniors may apply at the end of their second semester.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Social Work MSW include:

  • 2 References

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

The personal statement component of your application to the MSW Program at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work will be used to assess your writing, critical thinking, and capacity for self-awareness in terms of readiness for graduate level work and supervised practice in the field.

Please submit (one) well-developed 1500 word, double spaced personal statement that shares your interest in the field of social work and motivation to pursue the MSW Program at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work.

The personal statement submitted must be a comprehensive essay that addresses all of the questions posed in the three topics below:

Topic 1: Describe your understanding of the social work profession. How have you incorporated the values of service and social justice (held by the profession) in your human service experiences and interactions with others?

Topic 2: Discuss your career interests and goals. In what population or area of social work practice are you interested? How will a Social Work education from Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work prepare you for work in your area of interest? What do you hope to accomplish with an MSW?

Topic 3: Discuss your timing to pursue a graduate program now. What personal and/or professional factors have led you to want to pursue an MSW now? How do you intend to complete the program? How do you plan to balance the academic and field responsibilities of the program with outside responsibilities and obligations? How will you finance your studies?

If you are a transfer student currently or previously enrolled in a MSW program elsewhere, in addition to addressing the questions above in your personal statement, please address you interest in transferring to Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work from your current or past institution.

Start Your Application

Applying online to the Social Work MSW program is a swift, uncomplicated, and cost-free process. After submission, you can proceed to send and upload any additional requirements.

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