Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)


Loyola University Chicago's School of Social Work introduces students to the dynamic, changing, and challenging profession of social work. Social workers help people of all ages and varying social and economic backgrounds in many settings, including child and family agencies, programs for the mentally ill, programs for the developmentally and physically disabled, vocational rehabilitation and employment counseling, the criminal justice system, community centers, the child welfare system, hospitals, day care and schools.

The social work program offers a unique blend of professional and experienced faculty, an excellent social work curriculum with a strong liberal arts base, and a wide range of opportunities for fieldwork and practical experience.

Loyola University Chicago offers one of the few combined BSW/MSW degree programs in the United States that allows full-time students to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in social work in just five years.

Many first-year MSW requirements are completed during the student's undergraduate years, therefore the MSW degree portion of the program, conferred through Loyola's School of Social Work, can be completed in much less time than normally required to earn a MSW in social work.



Program benefits

  • Prepare for a career in social services, including child welfare, community mental health, drug/alcohol rehabilitation, developmental disabilities. 
  • Earn real-world experience and professional connections through curriculum-based fieldwork
  • Graduate from an established, accredited BSW program with a 100-year history of excellence in social work education.
  • With the MSW experience increased career mobility and a wider range of job prospects.
  • Take advantage of student loans, scholarships, and career assistance resources available at Loyola.

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