Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

MSW Online Program

 The Online MSW program curriculum requires 49 credit hours of coursework, equivalent to 8 consecutive semesters, including summer terms, and follows a cohort model for the first five semesters.

With over 100 years of experience in offering a campus-based, internationally recognized MSW program focused on Social Work practice in Chicago, we are proud to announce the launch of the Online MSW Program to ensure students have access to a rigorous and quality-enriched program to meet the needs of the workforce of tomorrow!

How are we different from the other Online MSW programs?

- A re-envisioned curriculum that took two years to develop by faculty & staff brings you to a rigorous MSW program that has the lowest credit hour requirement in the country.

- We achieved this by carefully integrating competencies throughout various courses, using cutting-edge instructional innovations, and augmenting simulation practice in the classroom.

- We focus on the current & future workforce needs

- Online “only” is not something everybody wants in Social Work Education

  • Our courses are flexible enough that synchronous “face-to-face” discussions are incorporated into didactic content to give students opportunities to have professional mentorships, networks, and friendships built for a lifetime

- We use the latest in engagement platforms for Internships & Alumni-Student Mentorships

- Internships will be close to your geographic area to enable you to be a home-grown leader!

- We offer all of our academic and administrative services in-house by exceptional faculty and staff

  • Over 98% of faculty have a terminal degree in Social Work and more than 5 years of practice experience.
  • 43% of full-time faculty are people of color.

Program Benefits

  • Earn your degree from an accredited, non-profit college rated #28 in the nation for graduate social work by U.S. News & World Report
  • All courses are online and include synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous components. Synchronous sessions are held during the evenings. Classes will be limited to 25 or fewer students.
  • The program offers a cohort-based learning model for the first five semesters, meaning that you take classes online with other MSW program students. You will engage with your cohort members and will be exposed to students from diverse backgrounds.
  • The entire program can be completed in 8 consecutive semesters.
  • Supervised internships that can be completed in your own community.

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Dr. Francisco Lozornio, Program Director Online MSW



If you are fluent in Spanish, you will thrive in our unique Online Bilingual MSW Program!