School of Social Work

Congratulations your admission to Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work Graduate Programs.  We look forward to helping you achieve your personal and professional goals by offering you a stimulating, challenging, and creative learning environment.  We are certain you will thrive in our environment if you are an active participant in social issues, community advocacy, and serving on behalf of marginalized populations. 

With direct practice emphasis, international study opportunities, our faculty’s emphasis on leadership and development, and our learning Institutes, we are thrilled to have you join our team and unite with us in an effort to change the world, one action at a time. As with all goals in life, we must start with our first steps:


New Student Orientation will be available online through Sakai to all admitted students once they receive their Loyola ID and student email. Completion of online orientation is mandatory and will cover financial aid information, registering for classes, applying for fieldwork, and more. You may also schedule an individual meeting with Admissions by emailing Please feel free to also visit the School of Social Work's Admitted Student Resource page for more information. 

New Student Convocation

You will receive an invitation to attend a welcome event to orient you to the School of Social Work Faculty, staff and your individual program. You will receive this invitation in your LUC e-mail.

Academic Advising

Our academic advising page has information about the advising process, registration, courses requirements, and additional information.

Statistics Requirement

All incoming students are required to have taken a college level statistics course within the past four years (having earned a C or higher).  If you do not meet this requirement, you will receive an email in the coming weeks as to how to register for this via our online course system. You may also register for a class outside of Loyola, as long as this course is completed within the designated timeline.  The statistics course does not serve as a regular course and will not be found in LOCUS, but, rather is a prerequisite for the program required for all incoming students.  If you do need to take this course, the email you receive will outline the registration process.

Learn About Transfer Credit

Newly admitted MSW students have three days from their acceptance into the School of Social Work to request transfer credit for work completed at a previous accredited college or university. Get more information about our transfer credit policy on page 38 of the MSW Student Handbook.

Review Fieldwork Program Requirements

All students are required to complete fieldwork placements at Loyola. Please review the field process and access any necessary forms online.

Log On to your Loyola University Chicago E-mail Account

Click here for steps about logging into your Loyola e-mail.

Learn about Study Abroad opportunities

The School of Social Work offers various study abroad programs for graduate students. Learn more about our study abroad options and start planning ahead.


New to Chicago? Learn more about Chicago neighborhoods.

Job Outlook

Learn about different positions across the states and globe through the Bureau of Labor Statistics link about the social work profession.

Get Involved

Social work graduate students have many opportunities to get involved on campus. 


School of Social Work Student Organization
SSWO Subgroup: Men in Social Work

James Fogerty
Director of Internships and Student Services

Literary Journal

Dr. Janice Matthews M. Rasheed,

SWOCA  networking, social gatherings, and social justice events that reflect diverse populations and perspectives 


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