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Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

The M.S.W. degree at Loyola offers opportunities for advanced practice skills in Clinical Social Work or Leadership and Development in the Social Services.  Students interested in the clinical track can specialize in health, children and families, school social work, and mental health. The leadership and development track emphasizes skills in administration, non-profit management, grant-writing, staff supervision, and program development.  Upon completion of the program, students have completed the education requirements for the LSW and the LCSW licenses. 

MSW Career Information

Degree Requirements


The MSW program requires completion of 60 credit hours which includes two internships. The 1st internship is 480 hours performed at the rate of 16 hours per week on Tuesday and Thursday during normal business hours. The 2nd internship is 720 hours performed at the rate of 24 hours per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during normal business hours.

A limited number of summer block internships are available for one of the internships. The block consists of 35-40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, again during normal business hours.

Students in the advanced standing program complete 34 total credits for the MSW, which includes the 2nd level internship for 720 hours. Students work with internship coordinators to secure their internship placements.

The MSW program takes 2 years to complete if you are going full time (4 classes per semester). It will take 4 years if you are going part time (2 classes per semester). MSW Advanced Standing students complete the program full time in 10 months or part time in 2 years.

We accept applications to our MSW program from anyone holding a Bachelor's level degree. Students holding a bachelors degree from various academic disciplines are welcome to apply to the full, 60-credit hour MSW program. Those interested in the Advanced Standing MSW program must have completed a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited institution within the last 5 years.

There are no prerequisites for the MSW program except the completion of a statistics course: every MSW student is required to have completed a statistics course within the past four years with a grade of "C" or better at the start term of their MSW program. Students who do not meet this requirement at the point of admission must fulfill the requirement by the end of their start term. We offer an online statistics course for admitted MSW students to take prior to or during their start term.

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