Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Online Statistics

All admitted MSW students must meet the School of Social Work's Statistics Requirement.

Statistics courses taken within the past four years of a student's start term with an earned grade of "C" will automatically count toward the statistics requirement.

Admitted students who do not meet the above terms at the point of admissions, must fulfill the statistics requirement by the end of their start term.

The School of Social Work offers an online statistics course, Introduction to Social Statistics, for admitted MSW students. This is an 8 or 10 week (non-credit) online course that can be taken prior or during a student's start term.

The course fee is $550. Full payment required at the time of registration.

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the basic concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics. This course is designed to meet the requirements of incoming masters level social work students. Therefore, it is expected that students will have little or no background in statistical methods with the exception of students who have taken statistics but not within the required period of time. Students will be exposed to elementary data analysis techniques which use statistics in order to interpret findings reported in the social work research literature.

Course Objectives:

  • To familiarize students with the role of social statistics in social work research.
  • To familiarize students with the basic concepts of statistics.

Educational Outcomes:

At the completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Identify statistical procedures used in research reports.
  • Interpret elementary statistics used in reporting of social work research.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of statistical methods used by researchers.


Statistics for Social Workers by Weinbach & Grinnell. [Editions 7, 8, & 9 are acceptable.]

The digital text from CourseSmart is available to rent for $65.99. Please check  www.coursesmart.com/ for more information.

Spring 2020 Online Statistics Course

Registration is closed.

Summer 2020 Online Statistics Course

Registration is closed.

Fall 2020 Online Statistics Course

This course begins August 24, 2020 and concludes October 19, 2020.

You CANNOT enroll in this course via LOCUS; you can register for the Fall 2019 course by selecting the register here link below:

Register for the Fall 2020 class here