Social Work MSW

About the Master of Social Work (MSW) at Loyola

Lead. Serve. Make a difference.

Social work is a career and a calling. Working with the most vulnerable among us calls for compassion, cultural sensitivity, and a strong commitment to service. A career in social work requires a human-centered focus in working with individuals, families, groups, communities, and environmental systems — as well as leadership, organizational skills, and the knowledge and persistence to influence legislation and advocate for systemic change.

Loyola’s MSW degree 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. Success in the program will require emotional maturity and resiliency to manage complex issues and challenges, and excellent time management skills to balance coursework and practical internships.

Program Structure

Our MSW is a two-year program offering advanced practice training in clinical, school, and community settings. The MSW program’s revised credit hour requirements allow you to put your skills to work sooner. You can take two classes every semester and complete the degree in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study.

If you’ve received a BSW degree within the past five years, the MSW Advanced Standing Option can help you complete your master’s degree on a faster timeline.

Students in the Master's in Social Work program can select an area of specialization in Micro Practice or Leadership, Mezzo, & Macro Practice (LMMP).

Students in the Micro Practice Specialization can choose a track from the following:

The Leadership, Mezzo, & Macro Practice Specialization (LMMP) offers a track in Leadership, Community, Advocacy, and Policy (LCAP)

Courses meet all Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation standards and prepare you to sit for the LSW and LCSW examinations to work as a licensed social worker.

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your undergraduate degree.


Why Choose Loyola for Your MSW?

Choosing a quality degree program that will have a meaningful impact on your social work career is a primary consideration. Loyola is an accredited, nonprofit college with more than a century of academic excellence and a tradition of national recognition.

Nationally Ranked

Earn your degree from an accredited, nonprofit college rated #28 in the nation for graduate social work by U.S. News & World Report.

The program curriculum incorporates the innovative use of simulation to support training both inside and outside of the classroom. You’ll benefit from our extensive community ties that provide real-world experience through over 1,000 agency/nonprofit partnerships for internship opportunities. In the Fall semester, new MSW students participate in our one-week Community Immersion Program (CIP) which allows students to participate directly with communities and learn about the social work profession.

Every facet of the MSW is grounded in the ethical and transformational values that are hallmarks of a Loyola education. All MSW program instructors are committed to building on these values and furthering the field with their research, teaching, and active participation in community involvement. All our students share these values and a commitment to a career helping people.

If further career specialization is your goal, Loyola’s School of Social Work offers dual degrees in partnership with other schools across the university. Take your career to the next level with dual degree options in law, child and family law, divinity studies, social justice, women’s studies, and public health.

The MSW is available both online and in person with daytime and evening classes, giving you maximum flexibility to combine your degree work with other personal and professional obligations.

Obtén más información sobre nuestro programa de Maestría Bilingüe de Trabajo Social. Todos los cursos se ofrecen en línea, con formatos sincronizados en tiempo real (clases con maestros; simulaciones) y no sincronizados (foros de discusión; estudio de casos, etc.). Parecido al programa tradicional, el Nivel Avanzado de la Maestría en Trabajo Social (MSW) Bilingüe en Línea, se ofrece como un programa que comienza en el semestre de la primavera y se puede terminar en cuatro semestres consecutivos.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Social Work faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Social Work MSW program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Social Work MSW program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

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

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

ProgramCredit HoursCost Per Credit HourEstimated Tuition and Fees
Social Work MSW49$1,045.00$51205.00
Social Work MSW with Advanced Standing23$1,045.00$24035.00

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

School of Social Work Scholarships

The School of Social Work offers several scholarship opportunities specifically for MSW students:

Performance-Based Scholarships Focused on Student Need

Incoming MSW students who demonstrate financial need, community engagement, a commitment to academic success, and promise in the social work profession are eligible to apply.

Most graduate programs across the nation only offer merit-based scholarships; we are one of few that offer an award based on student financial need — all students, including international, DACA, and undocumented students qualify for this scholarship application.

Lester Czernik Scholarship

The Lester Czernik Scholarship is awarded at the start of each academic year to one to two incoming MSW students who demonstrate financial need and promise in the social work profession.

View a complete list of School of Social Work scholarships, including external scholarship opportunities.

Visit and Connect With Us

Take advantage of a variety of different visit opportunities to find your place in our Loyola community. Loyola offers graduate open houses, information sessions, individual appointments, open Zoom and text sessions, and a multitude of other ways to get to know us better.

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Application Process

This program has multiple versions you can apply to. Find specific information about the application process for each program below.

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Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Social Work MSW are listed below. We encourage you to apply early as decisions may take longer during busy periods.

Priority: March 1
Final: May 1

Priority: October 1
Final: November 1

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Social Work MSW include:

  • 2 References
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume/CV

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Social Work MSW with Advanced Standing are listed below. We encourage you to apply early as decisions may take longer during busy periods.

Priority: March 1
Final: May 1

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Social Work MSW with Advanced Standing include:

  • 2 References
  • 3.0 Minimum GPA
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume/CV

International Student Requirements

Additional information regarding the application process for international students can be found on the International Student Requirements page.

Additional Details

For general information and a step-by-step guide to applying for graduate and professional study, please visit our Admission Process page.

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