Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Loyola University’s School of Social Work is implementing a curriculum change this fall 2021 which will include students who began the program in spring 2021 or later. Spring 2021 admits can expect to receive additional communications about these changes. Continuing students that began the program in summer 2020 or earlier will not be impacted by the curriculum change, and should follow their advising template as planned, with the exception of SOWK 507 if that class has not been taken yet.

In response to the need for working students to access our MSW program, we offer an Evening MSW option with a curriculum focus on mental health that provides the flexibility of evening classes. The program is organized so students can take two classes every semester and complete the degree in 8 semesters. In addition, students will complete:

  • 2 internships
  • A generalist-level placement
  • A specialized-level placement

The MSW Evening program can be completed entirely in the evening and for student convenience, the classes are held on the same days and times.

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 from the following micro areas of practice specialization:

  • Schools
  • Leadership, Mezzo, & Macro Practice (LMMP)
  • CADC
  • Migration
  • Integrated Practice

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
  • Development of a checklist to ensure all required, infused content is present in all courses
  • 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
  • Development of a checklist to ensure all required, infused content is present in all courses
  • 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