Social Work/Social Justice MSW/MA

About the MSW/MA in Social Justice at Loyola

With today's growing disparities among economically disadvantaged communities, underserved and underrepresented populations, and individuals whose human dignity is under assault by social arrangements and structures, there is an increasing need for results-oriented social work and social justice professionals. The Master of Social Work/MA in Social Justice (MSW/MASJ) dual degree program offers a distinctive graduate degree path to help meet this need.

This dual degree pairs exclusively with the Leadership, Mezzo, and Macro Practice specialization (LMMP) with a Leadership, Community, Advocacy and Policy (LCAP) track. Learn more about this track on the School of Social Work website.

The MSW/MA in Social Justice dual degree emphasizes collaborative and community work, seeking to prepare future leaders at transformational organizations in local and global communities. As a student in this program, you will study at a Jesuit institution that puts service and justice at the heart of its mission, in an urban center that provides a unique and rich context for promoting social justice and community advocacy.

Program Structure

The MSW/MA in Social Justice is a 67-credit hour program that integrates coursework from two highly respected Loyola colleges—the School of Social Work and the Institute for Pastoral Studies—with a focus on promoting social justice, engaging in community advocacy, and providing interventions to vulnerable communities.

Full-time students can complete the dual degree program in as few as three years.

The MSW/MA in Social Justice can be pursued full-time or part-time. Classes are held at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago.

Social Work MSWSchool of Social Work

Masters | Part-Time or Full-Time | On-Campus | Fall, Spring, Summer

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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.

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Social Justice MAInstitute of Pastoral Studies

Masters | Part-Time or Full-Time | On-Campus, Online | Fall, Spring, Summer

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This program is designed to prepare tomorrow's “change agents” to bring advocacy, service, and equity to underserved and underrepresented communities. Whether along racial, ethnic, gender, or religious lines, social disparities continue to gain prominence in the national conversation, creating a heightened need for social justice advocates. This program offers students a solid grounding in spiritual and theological foundations, current issues, best-practice strategies, and practical tools to carry out this important work effectively.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Social Work/Social Justice MSW/MA 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/Social Justice MSW/MA 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

The Social Work/Social Justice MSW/MA is a dual degree program that awards separate degrees for each program completed. Therefore, cost will equal the summation of each individual degree program's tuition times the number of credit hours taken in that program. Some dual degrees may have shared credits that adjust the total cost of the program. Please view the following pages for more information on each individual program's tuition, and contact the Office of the Bursar with any questions.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

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

Fall: May 1

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Social Work/Social Justice MSW/MA include:

  • 2 References

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Personal Statement

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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