Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the School's teaching focus?
The School of Social Work at Loyola is a CSWE accredited program which emphasizes the development of direct practice techniques and leadership-oriented skills to be applied in a variety of settings including agencies, hospitals, private practice, non-profits, administrative roles, and schools. This professional degree program prepares you to sit for the LSW/LCSW licensing exams.
- Do you offer international or study abroad experiences?
We offer study abroad opportunities for our students and alumni for MSW credit and CEU/professional development credit. Options include studying in China, Italy, or India. An internship opportunity is available in Mexico. For more information, visit our Study Abroad page.
- Is an internship required in the MSW program?
There are two internships required as part of the MSW to meet our accreditation requirements set by the Council on Social Work Education. The first is 480 hours and the second is 720 hours. These placements are incorporated into your schedule with the help of our field placement advisors. Advanced standing students only complete the 2nd level internship. Internships are located throughout the Chicagoland area.
- What is Advanced Standing?
Advanced Standing is an accelerated MSW program for students who hold a BSW from an accredited school of social work and qualify for admission. It requires completion of 34 credits, which includes an internship. Program completion takes 10 months. This option only begins in July, and you apply to the Summer II term.
- When are classes offered?
Classes are offered during the day, evening, and a limited number are offered online. Typically, students are on campus 2-3 days a week depending on how they set up their schedule.
- Do you have other options besides the downtown Chicago campus?
Loyola is proud to promote a partnership with Carthage College in Kenosha, WI where students living in Wisconsin or near the Wisconsin border may complete the MSW degree with Loyola by attending Saturday classes held at Carthage. For more specific information on this program contact Mike West at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What opportunities are there to get involved outside of the classroom?
For those interested in participating in research, our three Institutes of Learning continuously have opportunities. Also, we have a student-run organization called SSWSO, a Social Work student-only publication called Praxis, a men's group, and a Multicultural Affairs Resource Committee. Within Loyola's larger community, there are always community buildiing and social events going on.
- Is there a statistics requirement for the MSW program?
Every MSW student is required to have successfully completed a statistics course within 4 years of starting the program with a "C" or better. This course may have been taken as part of undergraduate coursework or you may complete it online with us during your first semester as an MSW student. You will be told after admission if you need to register for our Statistics class
- May I apply if my undergraduate degree isn't in social work, human services or psychology?
Yes, we welcome applicants from all academic backgrounds as long as you have a confirmed BA degree.
- Is there a minimum GPA to be admitted to the MSW program?
Typically, admitted students have a GPA of at least a 3.0 from their higher education career. To qualify for our advanced standing program, you must have at least a 3.0 overall and a 3.25 minimum in your social work classes. If you have questions on meeting these requirements, please contact Danielle, Pernini, Enrollment Advisor, to discuss. email@example.com or 312-915-7021.
- Do I have to complete my application all at once?
By applying online, you can save your information and log in later with a username and password. Once all sections are complete, click "Submit" and the application will be immediately sent to the processing office. You also may return to the application after submission to upload additional documents.
- May I apply to more than one program on one application?
Depending on the programs to which you are applying, you may be required to submit separate applications or application materials. You should contact Danielle Pernini at 312.915.7021 with your questions.
- I am A JVC Magis. Are there additional application requirements?
If you are applying to the JVC Magis Program, you must still follow the regular requirements of your degree program as well as complete the requirements of the Magis Program. For more information on the Magis program application requirements, you may contact Lee Hubbel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Should I list all schools I attended on the application?
Yes. It is considered academic fraud if you neglect to list all institutions where you took courses for credit. If you audited a class or took a class for no credit, it is not necessary to list that institution.
- If I have had a change of name do I need to share this on the application?
Yes. If you were known by a different name at some point, note that name in the appropriate place on the application.
- Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?
Letters of recommendation should come from academic, professional, or volunteer related sources. A diverse set is recommended, but it is always best to choose the people that know you best. If you graduated less than a few years ago, it is encouraged to include an academic reference such as a professor.
- What is the application deadline for the MSW?
The School of Social Work has a priority scholarship deadline March 1st for the Summer and Fall start terms and an October 1st priority deadline for the Spring start term. Final deadlines are July 1st for Fall, May 1st for Summer, and November 1st for Spring.
- What if I want to become a school social worker?
If you wish to specialize in school social work, you will need to take and pass the SW Content Area Exam and the Test of Academic Proficiency. Information and registration can be found at http://www.icts.nesinc.com/. If you are an advanced standing applicant, you will need to have these scores in no later than March of your Summer start term in order to get you placed in a school internship.