Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Graduate Admission

Loyola's clinical social work focus prepares students to practice in areas where knowledge and skill in direct service are essential; including mental health, school social work, children and families, and health. The advanced practice domain of Leadership and Development in the Social Services offers strategies for effective non-profit management, grant-writing, staff supervision, and other leadership skills. 

Application for admission to the School of Social Work is handled differently by each program. For more information please select from the programs below:

Program NameAdmission 
Application DeadlineStart Term
BSW/MSW 5-year Program Admission

February 1

September 15

February 1




Master of Social Work (MSW) Admission May 1 November 1 May 1 Fall Spring Summer I
MSW Advanced Standing Option * Admission May 1 Fall
MSW Evening Program Admission May 1 Fall
Maestría Bilingüe en Trabajo Social en Línea Admisión 1 de julio Otoño
Maestría Bilingüe en Trabajo Social en Línea - Nivel Avanzado Admisión 1 de noviembre Primavera
Online MA in Public Service Leadership Admission May 1 Fall
MSW/JD Admission May 1 Fall
MSW/MJ in Child & Family Law Admission May 1 Fall
MSW/MDiv Admission May 1 Fall
MSW/MA in Social Justice Admission May 1 Fall
MSW/MA in Women's Studies Admission May 1 Fall
MSW/MPH (Master of Public Health) Admission May 1 Fall
PhD in Social Work Admission January 1 Fall
Post-MSW PEL: School Social Work Endorsement Admission April 1 Fall
Certificate in Advanced School Mental Health Admission  August 1 Fall
Certificate in Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling Admission December 1  


Please note: The deadlines for priority consideration for scholarships are as follows: March 1 (Fall, Summer II terms) and October 1 (Spring).

* Deadline for School Social Work Track for MSW or MSW Advanced Standing option is March 1. See program page for additional requirements.

* Deadline for Post-MSW PEL: School Social Worker Endorsement - Advanced Standing option is April 1. See program page for additional requirements.

* Spring MSW applicants wishing to start field placement in their first semester must apply by October 1st in order to increase chances of spring field placement.