Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


MSW/JD Dual Degree

This dual degree program begins every Fall.  Applicants for the dual MSW/JD degree should apply separately for admission to both the School of Social Work and to the School of Law, indicating their intent to pursue a dual degree. Early applications are strongly encouraged. To apply to the MSW program, please submit the following:

  • 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.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    Two letters of recommendation are required to apply for the MSW program. Three letters are recommended.

    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. If you are a transfer student currently or previously enrolled in a MSW program elsewhere, also address your interest in transferring to Loyola's MSW Program. 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

Additional Program Requirements

School Social Work: Students interested in specializing in school social work and wishing to obtain the Professional Educator License must apply to the Fall term and must submit passing TAP test scores with their application materials. Please review the TAP test requirements for the school social work track here.

Forensic Mental Health: Students interested in applying to the Forensic Mental Health Sub-Specialization must first be admitted to the MSW program and apply for the sub-specialization, submitting the Forensic Mental Health Sub-Specialization Application Form by August 1st.