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School of Social Work

Admission Requirements

MSW Deadlines

The below deadlines apply to the MSW program ONLY.  Different deadlines apply to certificate programs and the PhD program. Please review the Application Instructions for each program to confirm the appropriate application deadline.

 

Final   Application Deadline
Application Term
Term Start
July 1 Fall Late August
November 1 Spring Mid January
May 1*

Summer II

(Advanced Standing at Water Tower Campus)

Early July
June 1

Summer II

(MSW or Advanced Standing at Carthage College)

Early July

*MSW Advanced Standing students who wish to pursue the School Social Work track must apply by April 1 and must submit additional application materials. Contact Enrollment Advisor, Danielle Pernini, at dpernini@luc.edu with any questions. 

 

Priority Scholarship Deadline
Application Term
March 1   Fall, Summer II
October 1   Spring

We invite you to apply to our Fall or Spring terms for the MSW program. MSW dual-degree students may apply to the Fall term only.

Students applying to the MSW Advanced Standing program must apply to the Summer II term.

Students applying to the MSW program at Carthage College must apply to the Summer II term.

Students interested in specializing in School Social Work and wishing to obtain the Professional Educator License must apply to the Fall term and submit additional application materials. Please contact our Enrollment Advisor, Danielle Pernini, at dpernini@luc.edu or 312.915.7021 for more information.

Students interested in applying to the Forensic Mental Health Sub-specialization must apply by April 10th and must submit the 2014 Forensic Mental Health Sub-specialization application form along with all required MSW application materials. 

 

Once we receive all required application materials, please allow 6-8 weeks for an admission decision. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

 

You must submit the following to apply to the MSW program:

  • A Completed Application Form
    We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Students who have already applied to a graduate or professional program at Loyola University Chicago should fill out the reapplication form.
  • Official Transcripts
    Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request these transcripts; we have them on record.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    If you supply your recommender's email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may mail them to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

    We ask that you submit only three letters of recommendation.  Recommendation letters can come from academic, professional or volunteer sources.  One of each is recommended.  If you graduated less than 5 years ago, at least one reference should be from an academic source.
  • A Statement of Purpose
    Please answer the following questions in a double-spaced, typed essay:
    1. Please describe what a career in social work means to you. Touch on specific populations, environments, an area of practice, research, policy, or programming that interests you. How will a Social Work education prepare you for work in this field? Limit your statement to 500 words.
    2. Please write about your decision to pursue a degree in social work now. Reflect on personal and professional factors, your timing of deciding to pursue graduate school, financial considerations, and work/life obligations. Limit your statement to 500 words.
  • Application Fee
    A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.
  • CV/Resume

We accept applications to the Ph.D. program for a fall term start only. Applications are due January 1st.

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application Form
    We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Students who have already applied to a graduate or professional program at Loyola University Chicago should fill out the reapplication form.
  • Official Transcripts
    Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned MSW degree or a MSW degree in progress, as well as a minimum GPA of 3.o on a 4.0 scale. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request these transcripts; we have them on record.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    If you supply your recommender's email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may mail them to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

    We ask that you submit only three letters of recommendation.  Recommendation letters can come from academic, professional or volunteer sources.  One of each is recommended.  If you graduated less than 5 years ago, at least one reference should be from an academic source.
  • A Statement of Purpose
    Please answer the following questions in a double-spaced, typed essay:
    1. What are your areas of professional specialization or interest?
    2. What are your research interests and activities?
    3. How have these interests evolved from your prior educational and/or professional activities?
    4. Within your area(s) of interest, what do you consider to be the major psychosocial, service delivery, social policy, and/or research issues for the social work profession to address?
    5. What do you hope to gain through your doctoral study and your likely professional activities after you have completed the PhD program?
    6. At this stage in your professional career, what do you regard as your greatest strengths, abilities, and accomplishments?
    7. What are the areas in which you have the most to learn?
    8. How do you think enrollment in the PhD program will build on your strengths and/or help you grow in new areas?
  • Test Scores
    An official GRE or Official Miller Analogy Test scores report must be submitted directly from the testing service. To learn more about the GRE, visit www.ets.org/gre/; to learn more about the MAT, visit www.milleranalogies.com.
  • Application Fee
    A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.
  • CV/Resume
  • Research Paper/Writing Sample
    The ability to communicate effectively is essential for successful completion of the PhD Program. To assist the admissions committee in its assessment, applicants must submit an academic writing sample. The writing sample will be used to evaluate an applicant’s analytic skills, writing style, critical thinking, and ability to deal with complex material. Writing samples should not be more than 20 pages in length (ideally 10-15 pages). Jointly authored work or jointly authored grant proposals are not acceptable. For theses, you can choose a section that reflects the criteria we are looking for.

    Examples of materials that might be submitted include a paper written for a course (within the last two years), a paper published (single author) in a professional journal (within the last three years), a report that demonstrates your writing skill and the above criteria, or a paper specifically prepared for the doctoral application. Such a paper may be a literature review of a topic you wish to explore as a doctoral student providing a rationale for why this topic should be studied.

We accept applications to the post-MSW Professional Educator License program for the Fall term only. Applications and required test scores are due March 1st.

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application Form
    We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

Students who have already applied to a graduate or professional program at Loyola University Chicago should fill out the reapplication form.

  • Official Transcripts
    Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned MSW degree or an MSW degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    If you supply your recommender's email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may mail them to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

    We ask that you submit only three letters of recommendation.  Recommendation letters can come from academic, professional or volunteer sources.  One of each is recommended.  If you graduated less than 5 years ago, at least one reference should be from an academic source.

  • Official Score Reports for Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)          
    Test centers and dates can be found online at: www.icts.nesinc.com.
  • A Statement of Purpose
    In a double-spaced, typed essay, please explain why you are interested in obtaining the Post-MSW PEL School Social Worker Endorsement. 

We accept applications to the Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy Sector Certificate for the Fall term only. Applications are due July 1st.

You must submit:

  • A Completed Application Form
    We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Students who have already applied to a graduate or professional program at Loyola University Chicago should fill out the reapplication form.
  • Official Transcripts
    Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request these transcripts; we have them on record.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    If you supply your recommender's email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may mail them to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

    We ask that you submit only three letters of recommendation.  Recommendation letters can come from academic, professional or volunteer sources.  One of each is recommended.  If you graduated less than 5 years ago, at least one reference should be from an academic source.
  • A Statement of Purpose
    Please submit a typed, double-spaced essay describing your academic interests and professional goals.
  • Application Fee
    A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.

Along with the program application requirements, international applicants may be required to submit the following additional materials:

  • Language Test Requirement

    An official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. For the TOEFL, a score of at least 79 on the Internet-based or 550 on the written-based test is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; we must receive test scores directly from the testing service.

    This requirement is waived for those who have completed a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree program, an accredited master's program in the U.S., or those who are citizens of or have completed a bachelor's degree at a recognized institution at which the language of instruction is English in these countries: Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

  • Transcript Evaluation

    Applicants who completed post-secondary education abroad are required to submit non-U.S. transcripts to Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or Educational Perspectives for evaluation of credentials. Your evaluation must show that your non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
    www.ece.org
    414.289.3400

    Educational Perspectives
    http://www.edperspective.org/
    312.421.9300

    Please request a General Evaluation with Grade Average for your undergraduate studies. If you have completed graduate coursework abroad and would like to be considered for transfer credit, please request a course-by-course evaluation report. An official report should be sent to:

    Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
    Loyola University Chicago
    820 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 800
    Chicago, IL 60611

For more information, please visit the International Admission Website.

Applications to the CADC certificate program are due December 1st. To view the program requirements, visit the CADC-Eligible Training Program page.

Current students or alumni of a Loyola School of Social Work program must submit:

    • Reapplication Form
      The form can be found online.
    • A Statement of Purpose
      Please answer the following questions in a double-spaced, typed essay:
      1. In which semester (include season and year) do you intend to begin the 722-Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drug Course? (fall, spring, or summer)
      2. Although the School of Social Work will ultimately determine the term in which a CADC student enters their CADC internship, it is helpful to know your preference of a fall-start field placement or a summer-block field placement. Given the option, would you prefer to complete your CADC internship starting in the fall (3 days a week) or as a summer block placement (Mon-Fri)?
      3. In 750 words or less, please indicate why you seek the Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor credential. Please indicate what leads you to study Substance Use Disorders and how you intend to apply this knowledge and credential in your practice. Please incorporate your viewpoint on both harm reduction and abstinence-based treatment models.
    • Additional Requirements
      Applicants must meet the deadlines and requirements listed here.
    • Application Fee
      A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.

If you have not attended Loyola's School of Social Work, you must submit:

      • A Completed Application Form
        We prefer that you submit your application form online. You may also download an application form and mail the completed form to:

        Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
        820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
        Chicago, IL 60611
        Students who have already applied to a graduate or professional program at Loyola University Chicago should fill out the reapplication form.
      • Official Transcripts
        Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. Transcripts must indicate completion of a Master's degree and completion of 125 hours of generalist mental health education.
      • Three Letters of Recommendation
        If you supply your recommender's email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may mail them to:

        Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
        820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 800
        Chicago, IL 60611

        We ask that you submit only three letters of recommendation.  Recommendation letters can come from academic, professional or volunteer sources.  One of each is recommended.  If you graduated less than 5 years ago, at least one reference should be from an academic source.
      • Application Fee
        A $50 application fee is required for applications submitted by mail. If you complete the online application form, the application fee is waived.
      • A Statement of Purpose
        Please answer the following questions in a double-spaced, typed essay:
        1. In which semester (include season and year) do you intend to begin the 722-Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drug Course? (fall, spring, or summer)
        2. Although the School of Social Work will ultimately determine the term in which a CADC student enters their CADC internship, it is helpful to know your preference of a fall-start field placement or a summer-block field placement. Given the option, would you prefer to complete your CADC internship starting in the fall (3 days a week) or as a summer block placement (Mon-Fri)?
        3. In 750 words or less, please indicate why you seek the Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor credential. Please indicate what leads you to study Substance Use Disorders and how you intend to apply this knowledge and credential in your practice. Please incorporate your viewpoint on both harm reduction and abstinence-based treatment models.

An applicant should submit a reapplication if he/she:

  • Was admitted to a School of Social Work graduate program during the last two years but did not enroll.
  • Applied to Loyola within the last two years, but had an incomplete file.
  • Is currently enrolled as a non-degree-seeking Social Work student and wishes to apply for a certificate or degree program.
  • Is currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student and wishes to apply for a certificate program.
  • Wants to change graduate programs within the University and apply to the School of Social Work.
  • Wants to reapply to the program from which he/she withdrew.
  • Stopped attending a graduate program at Loyola School of Social Work and wants to return to the same program.
  • Graduated from a graduate program in the School of Social Work and wants to return as a non-degree-seeking student.
  • Was denied admission to Loyola's School of Social Work during the last two years and wants to apply again.
  • If any of these circumstances apply to you, please complete the reapplication form and return it (along with a statement of purpose, if necessary) to Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management. Please contact Danielle Pernini with any questions at dpernini@luc.edu or 312-915-7021.

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