Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

MSW/MA in Social Justice

Recognizing that social work and social justice often inform one another and overlap in terms of content and philosophy, Loyola's School of Social Work (SSW) and Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS) offer the MSW/MA in Social Justice.

This program is ideal for those who see a role for themselves in an organization that serves individuals and communities or advocates for social change. The MSW/MASJ stresses collaborative and community work, not individual therapeutic relationships, and does not provide for social work specializations in these relationships. Instead, the MSW/MASJ seeks to create leaders for transformational organizations in local and global communities while also providing a solid theoretical basis for the work of change. With this dual master's degree, graduates will be credentialed in the skills required for both.

Program benefits

  • Earn your degree from an institution that puts service and justice at the heart of its mission.
  • Develop strong historical, philosophical, theological, and practical social justice and community development knowledge and approaches
  • Complete the program in as few as three years 
  • Learn leadership skills, such as non-profit management, grant-writing, staff supervision, and program development through the School of Social Work's Leadership, Mezzo, & Macro Practice Specilization (LMMP)
  • Make professional connections and gain experience through an internship at one of more than 1,000 partner agencies