Loyola University Chicago

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Master’s in Social Work degree is a two-year program offering advanced practice training in clinical, school, and community settings. Graduates of this program are well positioned for leadership roles in clinical, human services, outreach, and development settings. Learn more about course offerings for Master of social work students.

The School of Social Work faculty spent two years working to make our MSW degree program more accessible, rigorous, and affordable. The outcome of those deliberations was a unanimous vote to offer a revised curriculum. This new curriculum improves consistency within the program, provides a rigorous and streamlined process to degree completion, and expands the school’s innovative use of simulation to support student training.

Students in the Master’s in Social Work program can select a specialization in Micro Practice or Mezzo/Macro Practice.

Students in the Micro Practice specialization can choose a track from the following:

  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Certified Alcohol and other Drugs Counselor training program (CADC)
  • Migration Studies
  • Schools

The Mezzo/Macro Specialization offers a track in Leadership, Mezzo, & Macro Practice track (LMMP)

Upon completion of the program, students have completed the education requirements for the LSW and the LCSW licenses.

Beginning in Fall 2021, the year one MSW curriculum includes:

  • A new one-week immersion experience for students to engage directly with communities and see first-hand how social workers engage with diverse populations
  • Revised required courses that meet all CSWE accreditation standards and competencies
  • 26 credit hours (reduced from 29)

Beginning in Fall 2022, the year two MSW curriculum includes:

  • A focus on two areas of specialization (reduced from five)
  • Two new courses requirements of all students regardless of area of specialization
  • 23 credit hours (reduced from 31)

Program benefits

  • Earn your degree from an accredited, nonprofit college rated #33 in the nation for graduate social work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Benefit from Loyola's 300 agency/nonprofit partnerships for fieldwork.
  • Advance-standing options available for students who received a BSW degree within the past five years.
  • Focus on your specialty through the clinical or leadership and development tracks.
  • Online courses and blended online/in-person courses available