Loyola University Chicago


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.

The MSW program requires completion of 49 credit hours, including two internships totaling 1,200 hours. The program takes two years to complete if you are attending full-time (four classes per semester plus two classes in the summer) or four years if you are attending part-time (two classes per semester).


The first internship is 400 hours, performed at the rate of 16 hours per week on Tuesday and Thursday during normal business hours. The second internship is 600 hours performed at the rate of 24 hours per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during normal business hours.

A limited number of summer block internships are available for one of the internships. The block consists of 35-40 hours per week, Monday–Friday, again during normal business hours.


There are no prerequisites for the MSW program.


The MSW curriculum is split up by year with generalist and specialized courses. Generalist courses are taken by all students, while specialized courses are taken in specialty areas. 

Advising Templates have been created to assist students in planning their MSW program. Templates are divided by start term, specialization, and program plan.