Erikson Institute

Master of Social Work


451 North LaSalle Street

Chicago, IL 60654

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Social Work

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Erikson’s M.S.W. program is ideal preparation for the social work professional who wishes to improve the lives of children and families.

You will be prepared to advocate for and address the complex needs of diverse populations in a range of practice settings:

-Social service organizations
-Foster care
-Child welfare
-Early intervention
-Mental health
-Early childhood care & education
-Therapeutic schools

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects the need for social workers who work with children and families to grow 20% between 2010 and 2020. Meanwhile, infants, young children, and their families are the fastest growing populations in the child welfare and mental health systems.

As the premier graduate school in child development, Erikson prepares the next generation of leaders in this burgeoning field.

Most M.S.W. curricula leave little room for specialized training in child development and effective practice with infants and young children.

At Erikson, we infuse a child development perspective across the social work curriculum, not just one or two courses. And this perspective builds the essential foundation for understanding development throughout the life span.
Supporting your professional growth

The heart of our program is an intensive two-year supervision seminar, a supportive forum for you to reflect critically on your social work practice and your own reactions, assumptions, and values.

For two and a half hours every week, faculty challenge students to integrate theory and research from the classroom with their practice in the field. This transformative experience helps you hone your professional identity as an advanced social worker with a deep mastery of child development.


Erikson Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Loans Offered: Federal Stafford and Graduate PLUS loans are available to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and eligible non-residents. Applicants may apply for federal loans by completing the FAFSA. Erikson Code: G35103

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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