Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work Online Bilingual

Loyola’s School of Social Work was founded in 1914. Throughout its history, the School has been dedicated to clinical social work, preparing career-minded students through scholarship and the development of direct practice skills.

As the first program of its kind in the mainland U.S., the ONLINE BILINGUAL (SPANISH) MSW is aimed at filling a critical need gap. Primarily, the degree program will help equip practitioners with the skills and knowledge to address the unmet integrated mental health needs of Latinx, immigrant, and refugee populations. Whether persons are experiencing barriers due to lack of linguistically and culturally appropriate services, professional shortages, transportation, or insurance coverage, the program will prepare graduates to remove these barriers to service and become a force for justice.

  • The degree is offered in 8 continuous semesters.
  • Average time to completion: 2 1/2 years
  • This is a fully online degree with weekly synchronous contacts.

Loyola offers an Advanced Standing MSW program for students who have completed their BSW from an accredited institution within the past 5 years. Advanced standing students can complete their studies in 4 continuous semesters.

By leveraging local, national, and international resources and partnerships, Loyola offers an opportunity for you to gain experience by completing 1,200 fieldwork hours during two required internships.

Once you earn your MSW, you’ll be ready to work in a wide range of settings, including:

  • Public and private mental health settings
  • Philanthropic organizations
  • Government entities
  • Contractual work in schools
  • Organizations serving immigrant and refugee populations
  • Hospitals and other health care settings

MSW alumni are currently serving as clinical social workers, policy makers, program directors, faculty, and researchers.

Loyola’s Jesuit heritage and commitment to social justice acts as a foundation for this degree program, which strives to help address society’s need for greater access to integrated health care across populations.

Through practical curriculum and two internship experiences, students are actively involved in preparing for their career after graduation while also making valuable professional connections around the world.



Graduate applicants who completed post-secondary education abroad are required to submit official transcript evaluations to Loyola University Chicago. Non-U.S. educational credentials must be evaluated by a NACES member company to document equivalence to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Please submit your official education credentials (e.g., transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates, graduation diplomas) and evaluation fee directly to the NACES member company of your choice. Please request that the evaluation be sent directly to Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management (GPEM) at the mailing address below.

Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611

In addition to the transcript evaluation, you will be required to submit official copies of your transcripts as well. You may request that your schools send them to gradapp@luc.edu or the mailing address, noted above. Alternatively, you may request that your NACES transcript evaluating company send the transcript along with your transcript evaluation. Transcripts received from these evaluators are considered official.

Copies and faxes are not accepted as official documents; GPEM must receive the report directly from the evaluating company. Evaluators will only keep your records for a certain amount of time. You will need to repeat the process if the evaluator is unable to send your official documents.

The evaluation is waived for applicants who have completed a master's degree from an accredited U.S. institution.

Our faculty have a wide variety of clinical and policy-based research interests, including school social work, mental health, health care, children & families, leadership & development, migration & immigration, gerontology, and many others.

Spanish and English proficiency will be assessed before enrollment in classes.

These prerequisites are subject to change.

Begin the financial aid process by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

All U.S. students who complete their application by the priority scholarship deadline are considered for merit-based scholarships. There are a limited number of need-based scholarships also available each year, and graduate assistant positions are offered through the School of Social Work and other departments on campus.

Visit LUC.edu/socialwork to learn about outside scholarships.